Rolls-Royce fined over health and safety
Rolls-Royce was fined £120,000 today after health and safety failures left five agency workers exposed to hazardous fumes.
The manufacturer admitted a number of breaches in the decommissioning of a light alloy foundry at its plant in Osmaston Road, Derby, in 2005, including failures to properly assess the risk of the work and to provide adequate protective clothing.
The men were exposed to potassium fluorosilicate during hot metal cutting and oxides of sulphur, resulting in all suffering from skin rashes and two of them developing respiratory problems.
One of the men, Jason Hall, 27, from Chesterfield, remains off work with blurred vision and dizziness, Derby Crown Court was told.
Sentencing Rolls-Royce, Judge David Price said: "The company must have been aware that any agency workers working on the decommissioning of the light alloy foundry would be exposed to that chemical.
"Yet, despite that knowledge, the risk assessment was too generic and there was no real health and safety plan prepared for such a decommissioning project.
"There should have such a plan. As a result of there not being one, five agency workers suffered reasonably long-lasting ill health effects."
Rolls-Royce was also ordered to pay £12,122 in costs.
The men fell ill after being exposed to what the company said was an inexplicably high level of potassium fluorosilicate.
Mitigating, James Ageros said his client "does very much regret" the illness and injury caused to the workers and accepted that some of those effects were its fault.
But he told the court: "Rolls-Royce was acting responsibly with what they knew at the time and with what they would have reasonably anticipated at the time as well."
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive Inspector for Derbyshire Noelle Walker said: "This incident could have been avoided if safe working practices had been put in place.
"Employers must ensure that decommissioning work is properly planned to take account of health and safety risks and that employees and agency workers are made fully aware of the risks associated with hazardous substances to prevent this sort of exposure, which has resulted in potentially long-term ill health for these men."
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Prince Philip set to be knighted by Australia: Celebrate by reading his greatest gaffes
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
£35000 - £43000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our award-winning client is one...
£15000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Atlas ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Opportunity to join established...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: On behalf of a successful academy i...