To this day, many organisations are still using basic and generic risk assessments prior to carrying out work.
A recent court case involving the farming company Leverton Brothers, summarised that an accident in which an employee sustained serious injuries could have been prevented had a proper risk assessment been carried out. The accident occurred on the 21st October 2016 when the employee was cleaning and emptying a potato grading machine. His right arm was drawn into the unguarded contra-rotating haulm rollers when his glove became caught by the rollers. It took 45 minutes to release him from the machine.
The HSE identified that a stop safe procedure could have been followed and the contra-rotating rollers should have been guarded, stating that the “Injury could have been easily prevented and the risk should have been identified. Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery”.
This incident highlights that risk assessments must be carried out correctly and accurately, otherwise employees cannot be kept safe from harm. Carrying out a tick box risk assessment helps no one if injuries cannot be prevented.
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Effective risk assessments not only help to prevent employees from suffering injuries, but also helps protect businesses from ever increasing health and safety fines. In the above incident, David and Philip Leverton of Leverton Brothers both received fines of £5,000 and were ordered to pay costs of £892.10 after the court found them guilty of breaching Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety and Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.