Bolton Limo firm ordered to pay £23,000 for failing to protect staff from nerve condition
6:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A BOLTON limo firm has been hit with a £23,000 bill after a court ruled it had failed to protect its staff from a debilitating nerve condition.
Woodall Nicholson Ltd, a limousine and hearse manufactuer, has been hit by the bill after seven employees were diagnosed with a incurable hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court in Sale heard the men, aged between 25 and 62, had developed the problem while working at the plant in Wigan Road, Westhoughton, between July 2005 and December 2011.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the men had been using badly maintained equipment without being adequately protected from constantly vibrating equipment, such as saws, grinders and pneumatic tools.
Woodall Nicholson was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £13,485 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
HSE inspector Mike Lisle said: “The risks of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome are well known and employers have a legal duty to make sure the exposure of workers to vibrating equipment is kept as low as possible.”