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Company prosecuted for serious lift safety breaches

An international company trading in the UK has been fined after serious safety breaches relating to faulty vehicle lifts. The company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,217.84.

The Court heard how repeatedly the defendant failed to ensure that its vehicle lifting equipment at its sites in Coulsdon and West London was maintained in an efficient working order and in good repair.

The failure resulted in its workers using faulty vehicle lifts which put technicians in danger.

An investigation by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the defendant was warned that the vehicle lifts posed a danger to users.

However, between October 5, 2015, and September 29, 2016, the company repeatedly failed to ensure its workers did not use the defective lifts.

The defendants pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and Regulation 10 (3) (a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. The HSE is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.