Director took risk in desperate bid to complete job for customer

It has been reported by the Derby Telegraph that the managing director of a Derbyshire firm was caught using an compressed air receiver two hours after it had become subject to a Prohibition Notice issued by an HSE Inspector. The compressed air receiver was used for the process of blasting refurbished skips.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates heard that the HSE found 17 breaches of regulations during a first visit to premises in August 2015. Two months later HSE found the air receiver in use although the owner and his staff “did not know the maximum allowable pressure” for the receiver and issued a prohibition notice on the machine. However, when HSE returned two hours later the air receiver was in use.

Health and safety is not an optional extra

Judge Jonathan Taaffe Holmes said in sentencing the defendant to a 30-week prison term:

“You showed total disregard for your own safety and the safety of others. It beggars belief that a prohibition notice can be served on someone in a senior position and, only two hours later, that same person is caught operating the machinery.

Andrew Brammer, mitigating, said his client had remedied his failures adding:

“In the cold light of day and with the benefit of hindsight he should not have done what he did. But he was desperate to get the job finished for a customer.”