Rubbish clearance company fined for ignoring safety warnings

Croydon Guardian: The type of lift truck which was not examined properly The type of lift truck which was not examined properly

A Mitcham rubbish clearance and skip company has been fined for ignoring safety warnings leaving staff at risk.

Rubbish Express Ltd of Graham Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to comply with two improvement notices.

It was fined £5,000 for each charge and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

Rubbish Express, in Beddington Lane, Croydon, was subject of an inspection from the Health and Safety Executive in 2011.

It found that a JCB lift truck had not been thoroughly examined and was operated by staff who had not received adequate training.

The HSE served two Improvement Notices, giving the company until October to provide training and to arrange for a competent engineer to thoroughly examine the telehandler lift truck.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that Rubbish Express did not take any action until February 2012. After the hearing HSE inspector Clare Hawkes, said: “Rubbish Express Limited was given sufficient time to provide suitable training to employees operating the telehandler lift truck and to ensure that it was safe to use and properly maintained.

“Rather than get on with the work, the company delayed taking basic safety steps to protect workers from the risk of serious accidents.

“No one was injured in this case but incidents involving lift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training.

“Improvement Notices should be taken seriously – it is an offence not to comply with them.”

For more information about managing risks around vehicles in the workplace, visit www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport.

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