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Health and Safety Investigation Results in Guilt Plea after Tragic On Site Accident £60,000 Fine for Biffa
Posted by David Cant on February 3, 2011

This week saw Biffa Waste Services being fined the large sum of £60,000 after a 23 year old died at the site Mallusk landfill site. The body of David Layland was discovered after a twenty four hour search under tonnes of waste. Although it has proved impossible to establish how and when Mr Layland died, the tragic accident has highlighted the importance of maintaining health and safety checks. The family of Mr Layland are hoping that their loss will help highlight the issues concerning safety and are calling for an update to the current Health and Safety legislations.

Belfast Crown Court heard the guilty plea from Biffa after the investigation showed obvious dangers that proved they had failed to safeguard the health and safety of their employees. On top of the fine Biffa has also been left with a £20,000 fee in court costs.

Pedestrians and Large Vehicles Need to Be Kept Apart

One of the problems highlighted at the landfill site involved a set of traffic lights which were not in working order. These lights were responsible for organising the movements of tipper trucks coming in and out of the site.

Speaking in a television interview the Health and Safety Executive Mr Louis Burns talked about the importance of keeping pedestrians away from vehicles. Mr Burns mentioned they had seen a number of cases where pedestrians had been harmed when coming into the path of vehicles. He stated that this was an area in which waste industries and industries in general needed to have procedures in place to keep large vehicles away from pedestrians.

Is Your Site Up to Standard?

Cases such as these bring home the importance of making sure that all of your precautions are in full working order and that no errors are being made. Veritas Health and Safety Consultants offer a complete Health and Safety Audit which can help to highlight any areas of concern, and show where your current procedures are failing to ensure the safety of your employees or the general public.

There are legal legislations in place which need to be adhered to. Our consultants can come and evaluate your procedures and site to make sure you are staying within the law, and doing enough regarding your health and safety policy. To speak to one of our professional advisors about our Audit Service or any other matters please contact us on freephone 0800 1488 677 or send us an email


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