Friday 24 May 2013

BAe Systems fined £350,000 following death

BAE Systems  were fined £350,000 (inc. costs) following a death on an employeed in a press.
The HSE Inspector said:"This was an entirely preventable tragedy that devastated Mr Whiting’s wife, Jackie, his two children and his wider family. They have shown admirable resilience during what has been a protracted and, at times painful, process. The dangers of maintenance work on these types of machines are well- known yet BAE Systems Ltd failed to identify those risks and its serious failings led to this tragedy. Although the press machine had been serviced regularly, it was done in the same unacceptable way and it is surprising there had not been an earlier incident. The guarding was inadequate and there were no key safety systems, no light guards or interlocks on the doors of the machine; nothing that would have either prevented entry to dangerous parts or stopped the machine if entry was made. In addition, there were no instructions, either written or verbal, given by BAE to workers about how to carry out the testing process safely. This incident should serve as a reminder to companies to ensure that dangerous parts of their machines are identified and measures taken to properly protect their workers. No company should put its employees at unnecessary risk."

The accident occurred over 4 years ago.

Source: HSE 21/5/13  Y&H/105/13

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