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The Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme implemented by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in October 2012 is here to stay. The scheme that is designed to shift the cost of regulating workplace health and safety from the public purse to businesses who break the law has proven effective.

With expected revenues of in excess of £10 million year on year, business across all industries and in all shapes and sizes need take note.

A housing firm has been fined after a heating engineer was found dead in a communal boiler house at one of their housing sites.  The engineer had been working alone at height when he fell, sustaining severe head injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and the company was fined for safety breaches. The engineer had been using a combination of fixed and mobile tower scaffolding plus a ladder to undertake his work. The HSE found the mobile scaffold had not been erected properly, had missing guard rails and did not have any wheel brakes.  The ladder was not secured. The company failed to prepare a proper risk assessment bearing in mind the engineers role as a lone worker.

The law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone.

Employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of all their workers. They also have responsibility for the health and safety of any contractors or self-employed people doing work for them.

These responsibilities cannot be transferred to any other person, including those people who work alone.

A company has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed on his first day at work when the forklift truck he was driving overturned.

The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was found that forklift truck drivers regularly work in an area that was often covered in waste materials, this prevented them from turning the vehicles safely.

The employee was moving waste material from the production area to a storage shed when the forklift truck became unstable on the uneven surface and overturned.

The operator was not wearing a seatbelt and there was no company policy in place to ensure seatbelts were worn.

The HSE also found that the forklift trucks in use at the plant were not suitable for operation on uneven surfaces or over loose material such as that found on the site.

This fatality could have been avoided if simple measures to reduce risks had been taken.