Lack of suitable and sufficient risk assessment triggers prosecution

A major UK airline has been prosecuted for not protecting workers from hand arm vibration.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard how employees working within the composite workshop at the Glasgow base used hand-held power tools during their work to carry out repairs on various components.

This work exposed workers to the risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) a condition with symptoms including tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the hands of persons affected.

Potential exposure to risk of injury

An investigation by HSE highlighted the company failure to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to control the effect of exposure by workers to the vibrations from hand-held tools.

Potentially this exposed the work force to the risk of injury whilst working within the workshops.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005) and was fined £6,500.