|Fatal 1- Failure to follow isolation procedures and safe systems of work result in an operator being killed and his colleague being seriously injured|
Following a court hearing concerning the death of one man and serious injuries to another, HSE inspector Michael Kingston said: ‘These tragic consequences could have been avoided. This case highlights the importance of implementing effective power isolation procedures when interacting with machinery and the need to monitor compliance to make sure these procedures are followed.
‘The HSE will not hesitate to prosecute companies or individuals who fail to implement and monitor safe systems of work.’
Stonegrave Aggregates Ltd was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £48,952. A Director was given a 12-month community order and the site manager was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Description of incident
Two employees at a recycling plant had stopped the trommel and entered the drum to clear a blockage. While they were inside the drum, two other employees, who were unaware anyone was in the machine, restarted the production line. The two men were trapped inside the revolving trommel drum for approximately four minutes before the line was stopped.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed the following
- There was a history of blockages occurring on the waste-processing line
- Operators were regularly having to enter the trommel to clear materials
- The line was not adequately guarded to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery
- Control systems, including emergency stops, were not compliant with relevant standards.
- Management did not adequately monitor or enforce machinery isolation procedures
- CCTV showed that the guarding that was provided on the trommel was regularly being bypassed by staff, including the site manager
Follow this link on Safequarry to the section on FATAL 1 - Contact with moving machinery and isolation – where you can download the MPA resources on LOTOTO.
|HSE Warning - Bogus email not from HSE|
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|Vision Zero resources - PowerPoints|
MPA has produced 3 PowerPoints on Vision Zero which include notes for a presenter.
- Vision Zero summary
- Vision Zero and the 6 Core H&S Values
- Vision Zero and 'The Fatal 6'
All the resources can be viewed and downloaded from the Vision Zero page on the Safequarry and Safeprecast websites.
The purpose of the PowerPoints is to provide an off-the-shelf tool to help raise awareness and understanding of Vision Zero, and explain to individuals their role in achieving its goals.
The presenter can adapt or add their own company branding to the slides. They can be used as a stand-alone aide or in conjunction with other MPA Vision Zero resources.
The notes accompanying the slides are to help the presenter generate audience interaction and question how Vision Zero could be applied to the audience's work environment.
|Post-Blast Fumes - Updated July 2019|
Guidance on post-blast fumes and the steps to be taken to help reduce their production and avoid exposure to them.
Target Audience - All those involved in the blasting operation – especially the post-blast inspection process.
|Thunderstorms – Risks and Actions - Updated Feb 2020|
Guidance on what steps to take if a thunderstorm approaches
during the blasting process.
Target Audience - Anybody involved in the blasting process.