Health & Safety In Transportation: Changes To HSE Fines & Sentencing
Risk in transportation is multi-layered and complex and arguably the biggest element of that risk is ensuring the health and safety of your people.
From loading and manoeuvring vehicles on-site to safe site layouts and
on-the-road accidents, any injury relating to vehicles – whether HGV, bus or coach - is likely to be serious.
According to the HSE, transportation and storage suffered the most fatalities of any sector in 2013/20141. The preventative measures you take are critically important, as is having the procedures in place to record, investigate and act upon all accidents or near-misses.
While it’s the few high profile health and safety at work incidents that grab the headlines, let’s take a look at the UK-wide incident map for 2014/152.
- 142 people killed in the workplace.
- 76,000 injuries to employees at work reported under RIDDOR regulations.
- 611,000 injuries at work according to the Labour Force Survey.
- 27.3 million workdays lost to illness and injury.
- At a cost of £14.3 billion under current working conditions.
Two recent Health and Safety Executive regulation changes could have a serious effect on both your bottom line and your reputation.
Examples of typical breaches of health and safety laws include:
- Interfering with safety mechanisms on machinery or vehicles
- Allowing poor/dangerous working practices that risk the health and wellbeing of your people
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Not having suitable and sufficient health and safety instruction, training and documentation
- Investigation following a Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations notification (RIDDOR).
The HSE will issue an invoice for payment and you will have 30 days to pay the fine. These costs are not recoverable under your insurance policy: there is a limited appeals process and if unsuccessful, this could increase your overall costs significantly.
How do I avoid fines, penalties, improvement or prohibition notices?
Having a structured health and safety management plan at the heart of your organisation will help ensure you are compliant with health and safety laws and be well placed to avoid fines and penalties for any breaches of health and safety legislation.
Therefore now is a good time to check your health and safety management plans to ensure you are not at risk. Come and talk to Arthur J. Gallagher. We understand health and safety risk management in transportation like few other brokers and we can help you minimise the threats to your people, business and fleet – whatever your size.
Arthur J. Gallagher: our health and safety risk advice
- Appoint a person responsible for health and safety. This can be an internal, suitably experienced person or an external professional.
- Prepare a health and safety policy that meets current legal requirements and best practice, ensuring the policy is regularly reviewed so it adequately reflects all aspects of your operations.
- Employee training should be continuous and cover not only core roles – like driving – but associated areas like handling goods, working at height and safe practices and procedures for handling a breakdown or an on-the-road incident.
- Regularly review risk assessments of all activities that may affect the health and safety of employees and visitors.
- Develop safe working practices where hazardous processes or opportunities for injury exist.
- Provide and record appropriate health and safety training for staff.
- Establish a system for recording and investigation of accidents and near misses.
- Carry out regular health and safety audits of the workplace, systems, procedures and documentation.
- Organisations like the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) can help with a range of training options.
1 Health & Safety Executive: Vehicle Injuries in Great Britain 2014 Report (2014)
2 Health & Safety Executive: Key Figures for Great Britain (2014/15).