10 Month Prison Sentence for Director failing in Health & Safety Responsibilities

Failure to undertake a sufficient assessment could land you in hot water as Robert Harvey, sole Director of Front Row Builders Ltd, has found after an employee,  Nicholas Hall, was crushed to death by an excavator bucket, which Harvey was operating.

Robert Harvey tipped the bucket to empty the mortar contents and shouted to Nicholas Hall to ‘scrape the rest out with a shovel’. Nicholas was pinned against the wall by the excavator bucket and died of blunt force injuries to his chest and abdomen. Full story here

Many people are often surprised to hear that you could go to jail for breaching Health & Safety. People often comment that while this may be something that the courts could deliver in their sentencing that it doesn’t happen and they become suspended sentences, unfortunately this is not the case and with unlimited fines, Company Directors are best protecting themselves, their profits, their business, their employees and everyone who comes into contact with the business by taking responsibility and ensuring that a well-designed safety management system is in place and that it reflects current legislation and the activities of the company. Unfortunately a downloaded Health & Safety Policy and associated documents rarely achieves this legal requirement.

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