Assessment identified increased risk from working with vibrating tools

A manufacturing company based in Somerset has been fined for failing to assess the risk from vibrating tools and to implement health surveillance.

Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how employees at the company were identified as being at increased risk from working with vibrating tools following a fitness for work assessment.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to complete a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk from the use of vibrating tools and the failure to implement a suitable programme of health surveillance for their employees identified at risk.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,490 and a £250 victim surcharge.