June 2019_ The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions

June 2019: The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions

Eliza Bonecka

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Offshore giant Marathon Oil has been fined more than £1million for health and safety failings which put workers at “unacceptable risk” from an explosion.

Staff on the Brae Alpha platform were getting ready to tuck into their Boxing Day meals when they were suddenly put on high alert...Screenshot 2019-06-28 at 12.01.35SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This case highlights the need for a thorough assessment of the risks arising from Dangerous Substances in the workplace. 

Pressure systems and pipelines, especially those known to contain Dangerous Substances under pressure, should be protected from exposure to corrosive substances to reduce risks of explosion. 

A comprehensive DSEAR assessment considers this and when combined with a robust change management program, allows employers to avoid and control potentially hazardous conflicts in their safety systems. 

 

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On 3 May 2019, Southend Magistrates’ Court heard that on 11 February 2017, two forklifts on Springwood Industrial Estate were being used to level a support column by repeatedly pushing it with one truck and then “catching” it with the other. This operation was high risk and one worker was left to carry out this unsafe work practice on his own.Screenshot 2019-06-28 at 12.01.35SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This case highlights the importance of properly planning a lift, supervising a lift and using the correct lifting equipment. Cutting corners by using a forklift truck for this lifting operation put staff at risk of serious injury and it seems only pure luck that nobody was hurt. 

 

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Glamping Cocoon Ltd, which was liquidated earlier this year, appeared at Beverley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, May 15.

The company and its director Nicholas Oaten were collectively fined £32,640 and ordered to pay £11,012 in court costs after being found guilty of failing to comply with health and safety legislation.Screenshot 2019-06-28 at 12.01.35SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

It is interesting to read Glamping Cocoon Ltd’s response to the fine imposed by the HSE and the HSE’s comment. It appears there has been a total disregard to take the HSE’s demands seriously with failing to meet deadlines in Improvement Notices served and further failings to meet the deadlines when time extensions were offered. This business has now gone into liquidation.

 

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