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Safety failings lead to £90,000 fine

News | 1st Jul 2016

A coach company has been fined £90,000 after multiple failures to comply with legal notices to examine its lifting equipment.

Between 4th April 2014 and 28th August 2015, GHA Coached Limited failed to have its lifting equipment thorough examined within the stated timeframe to ensure that health and safety stipulations were maintained. The failure to get the equipment examined also meant the company was unable to ensure that any deterioration was detected and fixed in time for its next use.

An inspection carried out in 2015 highlighted overdue Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) examinations on at least 14 items. GHA Coaches Limited received an improvement notice, which was extended on two ocassions, but yet the company still failed to comply with the requirements. Further investigation by Health and Safety Excecutive (HSE) showed that an improvement notice had also been served to the company in 2011.

GHA Coaches Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(3)(a)(ii) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment regulations 1998 (LOLER) and failing to compy with the improvement notice. They received a fine of £90,000, with further costs of £3,068.

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Source: SHP Online, £90k fine for safety failings, 29th June 2016. Read the full article from SHP Online.