10 Jun, 2019

Or face the penalty…

One of the key services we offer to our clients is the creation and management of a safety inspection schedule. We know how easy it can be to get caught up in the day-to-day running of your business, so we remind our clients when their PUWER and LOLER Lifting Equipment inspections are due, to assist them in meeting their statutory obligations.

Here’s an example of how things can go wrong when inspections aren’t carried out. This article was recently published by the HSE.

“A granite worktop manufacturer has been fined after failing to ensure that lifting equipment was examined and maintained to ensure it was safe to use.

Mold Magistrates’ Court heard how Grantech Limited was not having regular statutory examinations carried out on lifting equipment and also failed to carry out repairs when defects had been found.

Following an inspection on 18 June 2018 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at the site in Buckley, it was discovered that the examinations were not carried out at the required six monthly intervals and when they were carried out the same faults were reported, as the company were not taking action to effect the repairs.

Grantech Limited of Spencer’s Industrial Estate, Buckley have pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 9 (3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4906.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Mhairi Duffy said “This prosecution could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those who fall below the required standards”.”

Having your lifting equipment regularly inspected and maintained also helps to keep your business running smoothly. In this case, Grantech have been fined £30,000 plus costs and no doubt suffered significant business interruption as a result. When you compare this to the cost of inspections, scheduled to suit your business needs, working with a company like ISI can be an asset.

If you are in any doubt about the frequency of inspections required for your lifting equipment, read our frequency of inspection guide here or contact us for advice or to arrange an inspection.