A manufacturing company in Lincolnshire has been fined for neglecting to safeguard its workers from hazardous substances. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an inspection of W.S. Barrett and Son Limited’s site in Boston, Lincolnshire, and discovered that the company’s workers were potentially exposed to welding fume and dusts from powder coating. This type of exposure can result in serious illnesses such as occupational asthma. Additionally, the company’s on-tool extraction system and Local Exhaust Ventilation systems were found to be in poor condition, posing a risk to employee health.
An investigation revealed that W.S. Barrett and Son Limited had failed to ensure that its Local Exhaust Ventilation systems were thoroughly examined and tested, despite being previously warned during a previous HSE inspection in 2018. As a result, the company pleaded guilty to breaching regulations and was fined £10,000, with additional costs totaling £3,625.20 at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court. The HSE inspector emphasized the importance of regular maintenance and inspection of control measures to ensure employee safety.
This prosecution was overseen by HSE enforcement lawyer Jonathan Bambro.