Poor attitudes to training have severe consequences

Health and safety training fines

Training, or lack of it, affects everyone in organisations from the bottom right to the very top.  Last week, a construction boss received a ban from acting as a director following his failure to pay fines totalling £275,000 after pleading guilty to multiple health and safety breaches.

At the time of the fine being handed down to Michael Allen; director of Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers, the HSE found that injuries sustained by a worker were directly related to inadequate training and that the company failed to carry out a correct health and safety risk assessment of the site as well.

These failings meant that the employee wasn’t adequately prepared or trained to carry out the work he was sent to do.  He was therefore unaware of the seriousness of the dangers he was facing prior to working on the fragile roof.  The brittle material gave way under his weight and his fall caused life changing injuries.

Mr Allen liquidated the company as he said he was unable to pay the fines, but a later review into the organisation by the Insolvency Service found that there would have been sufficient funds to pay this fine.  This incident not only affected the injured worker who sustained life changing injuries, but also Mr Allen, who is now banned from either directly or indirectly becoming involved in the management, formation or promotion of a company for the next six years.

THSP Risk Management is passionate about providing effective training to all levels of workers within the construction, manufacturing and engineering industries, just to name a few.  THSP provides IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors for those in senior positions and a wide variety of CITB Site Safety courses as well.  For more information call Steve Sellick, Kelly or Hannah on 03456 122 144.