On the 28th June 2016 a bus company in Wrexham were fined £90,000 and ordered to pay over £3,000 in costs when they failed to comply with legal notices to get lifting equipment examined.
How can this happen? We have a company that inspects our lifting equipment.
Main lifting equipment MUST be inspected within a 6 month period, this includes vehicle lifts, man cages, harnesses etc.
Ancillary lifting equipment must be inspected annually, this includes axle stands, trolley jacks, transmission jacks etc.
Having the equipment inspected is not all you need to do, in order to comply with LOLER (Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) you have a duty to respond to the inspection report. Many people put this away but business owners and managers need to understand that if there is a category A fault with an item, that equipment cannot be used and the HSE will be notified of this. Simply writing 'Do Not Use' is not enough, the equipment should be disabled completely until rectified or taken out of service.
Having a competent health and safety professional to help with this can be the difference between having efficient systems that prevent equipment becoming dangerous and being heavily fined for failure to comply with regulations.
We at KVF Consultants pride ourselves on giving maximum value by having inspection reports uploaded onto our online system and notifying you when inspections and maintenance are due.
So, can you afford not to have health and safety advice? And is the advice you are getting keeping your company safe and legal?
Do you comply?
Whats the worst that can happen?