Case Study #1

Date of Offence
Jan 2015
Date of Hearing
Apr 2018
Breach of
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 3, Sub Section 1
£965,000 +£7,157 costs

Details of Incident

Two companies were fined a total of £965,000 after a painter fell through a passenger waiting room roof in Croydon in 2015.

The injured Person (IP) at the time of the accident, suffered severe ligament damage and was unable to return to work as an industrial painter since falling around 10 feet.
The IP and a colleague were given a site induction when they arrived for work on 18 December, but crucially, they were not briefed on the risk assessment, which required work over the platforms to be undertaken at night, for workers to wear full body harnesses and for the waiting room below to be locked.

A second incident happened in January, were the IP and his colleague were not given another safety briefing, nor were they warned about fragile roofs, and at 9.40am he fell through the unguarded suspended ceiling into the waiting room below.

Both companies admitted failing to put proper procedures and safeguards in place to prevent harm.
In a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the companies were fined after admitting charges under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said:

Johnny Schute, Deputy Director, Policy, Strategy and Planning, said: “The fines handed out send a powerful message to the industry that the safety of workers on the railways is absolutely paramount, and proper risk assessments and briefings must be carried out and followed. “The ORR is committed to protecting the safety of workers and passengers and will not hesitate to take enforcement action when and where it is necessary.”

How Safety PAL would have prevented this

Safety PAL Health and Safety Management software not only collates worker competence, work hazards, site information and site inductions but also risk assessments. 
A worker or contractor cannot be approved to start work if there are any outstanding site inductions or relevant unread essential safety documentation.

Safety PALs system in use on this contract would have given the client and contractor (supply chain) a full audit trail and evidence required to prove their Health and Safety Management system was compliant to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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