£500,000 fine given to Balfour Beatty for hand-arm vibration failures

After an investigation, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has been given a fine for breaching Health and Saftey legislation.

An investigation conducted by the HSE found that the company failed in its legal duty to keep the risk of workers developing Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to the lowest possible level. The investigation was regarding workers between 2002 and 2011 that operated hand-held power tools.

According to the HSE, HAVS is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints).

The company failed to report cases of HAVS to enforcing authorities, the number of these cases was said to be significant.

The Sheffield crown court fined Balfour Beatty £500,000 after they pleaded guilty to breach of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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