Firm and Contractor Fined £375,000 and £275,000 for Health and Safety Breaches

A leading firm and a subcontracting agency were fined after the Health and Safety Executive found serious failings in their management of loading operations

Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) was fined £375,000 and the subcontractor Fluor Ltd was fined £275,000. The accident happened when the engineers employed by the firms were trying to load some wind turbine blades into a sea barge. One of the blades fell off during the process fatally crushing one worker and another suffering serious injury.

The Firms were fined because an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive found serious breaches in the management systems for ensuring the safety for loading and unloading at appropriate weights.

Comment: This case shows how vital a proper risk assessment prior to any dangerous task and complete compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and also demonstrates the importance of ensuring that subcontractors are properly assessed as part of this process.

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