Hand arm vibration syndrome risks costs firm £10,500


An engineering firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after failing to assess the real risk to its employees from vibrating hand tools.

An employee of the engineering firm complained to the HSE regarding excessive use of vibrating hand tools which have caused damage to his arm. The employee had repeatedly requested that he be redeployed when he became aware of his condition. The condition is known as "Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome" (HAVS) and can affect anyone who has excessive use of vibrating tools.

Employers have a duty of care to all its employees to avoid such incidents and prevent injury where and when possible. The firm failed on all counts and subjected the employee to further use of the offending vibrating tools.

Following this breach of Health and Safety Regulations the firm was fined £8,500 for the first offence, and £2,000 for the second offence, plus costs of £10,500.

Further information – Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

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