Car body repair company fined £4000 by HSE

Christopher Hutton, owner of Auto Bodyworks and Wheel Clinic at Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive on the basis of having failed to comply with two improvement notices, despite having been given a number of opportunities to comply with them.

Following an inspection on 30th April 2014, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had requested that Hutton provide information determining that legal duties had been agreed and complied with in the workplace. However, such information failed to be passed on which, consequently, led to two notices being issued;

The first of which required that any employees exposed to isocyanates be under health surveillance. The second, a satisfactory examination and test of the spray booth so to ensure it continue to properly control the exposure of employees to substances that are hazardous to health.

In consequence, Hutton was fined a total of £4000 and required to pay £1600 after pleading guilty of breaching section 33 (1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work ect. Act 1974.

“Exposure to isocyanate containing paints is the main cause of occupational asthma in the UK. There are well established standards to protect the health of employees which Christopher Hutton had failed to achieve.” HSE Inspector Ed Walker commented, following the hearing at court.