HAVS risk sees bus maker in court

Sheffield Crown Court have fined Alexander Dennis, the owner of the Plaxton marque, after nine employees suffered from hand-arm vibration syndrome.

The condition arises through repeated or prolonged use of vibrating tools such as drills and grinders. The penalty of around £120,000 reflected the company’s failings which included the absence of any information on how to reduce exposure, lack of health surveillance, and poor maintenance arrangements for old or defective tools. The employer also failed to act on the advice of consultants that had been brought in to assist with health and safety.

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