British Airways PLC has been prosecuted for protecting their workers’ arms from vibrations.
Paisley Sheriff Court has heard how employees who were working within the composite workshop at the Glasgow base, who during their work used hand held power tools to carry out repairs on different components, we exposed to the risk of Hand Arm Vibrations (HAVs) which is a condition which can cause symptoms such as tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the affected person’s hands.
This condition can affect sleep when it occurs at night and cause difficulties in gripping and holding things, particularly small items such as screws, doing up buttons, writing and driving.
An investigation which was completed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted the company’s failure to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to control the effect of exposure by workers to the vibrations from hand held tools. Potentially this exposed the work force to the risk of injury whilst working within the workshops.
British Airways PLC, Waterside, Harmondsworth, pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 5 (1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005) and was fined £65,000.