We've collected a number of case studies where businesses made costly, sometimes tragic mistakes. You can read below about the various breaches in Health and Safety legislation and resultant prosecutions, accidents, injury, loss of life and compensation costs from failures in Health and Safety procedures.
Safety PAL's holistic approach may have identified Health and Safety omissions and prevented these incidents.
Case Study #1
Details of Incident
The incident occurred when an excavator reversed over and killed a worker in a slow sand filter. The risk assessments in place were insufficient; however they did identify some control measures. However the company failed to implement the measures they had identified to control the risk of collision between plant and pedestrians during the profiling process. The company also had not instructed or supervised those working in the filter beds to ensure that they understood the safe system of work. There was no site rule that was enforced or monitored that required pedestrians and vehicles to be separated from each other. Workers did not wear high-visibility garments. The excavator was not equipped with effective rear view mirrors, reversing aids or a reversing alarm.
How Safety PAL would have prevented this
Safety PAL has been designed to enable users to upload documentation such as risk assessments and record when those involved with the job have read and understood them. In addition Safety PAL can record and upload documents that identify when health and safety inspections take place to ensure the work is being completed in line with associated documentation. This will also identify frequency of inspections and any non-compliance issues.
Date of Offense
Date of Hearing
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 2, Sub Section 1