Company fined for worker's vibration injuries

A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 2007 and 2012, an employee of UPP (Broadgate Park) Limited operated mowers, strimmers, and a leaf blower as part of his work for the company, and was regularly exposed to levels of vibration which were above the Exposure Limit Value and Exposure Action Value.

He reported ill health symptoms to his line manager but no action was taken.

UPP (Broadgate Park) Limited, of Gracechurch Street, London, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and pleaded guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and fined a total of £14,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,943.

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