Quarrying company fined for ignoring advice

A Mold-based quarry firm has been fined for putting employees, contractors and delivery drivers at risk.

D P Williams Holdings Limited, of Brookside Works, The Nant, Rhydymwyn, Mold, pleaded guilty to continued non-compliance with relevant legislation, despite being warned previously by the health and safety watchdog.

The specialist quarrying company appeared at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court and was fined £5,000 with costs of £2,500. after admitting to breaches of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, regulation 11(1)(a) and The Quarries regulations 1999 Regulation 30 (ab).

The court heard though no one had been injured, the firm was issued with two Prohibition Notices and four Improvement Notices by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors over a period of December 2009 to September 2013 relating to dangerous working conditions at the quarry.

The court also heard the company had previously ignored advice from its own quarry manager and geotechnical specialist about working conditions at the quarry.

More information about Quarry health and safety can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/quarries/

Notes to Editors:

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk.

The Quarries regulations 1999 Regulation 30 (a b) to ensure that excavations and tips are designed, constructed operated and maintained so as to ensure that instability and or movement which is likely to give rise to a risk to the health and safety of any person is avoided.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, regulation states that every employer shall ensure that measures are taken in accordance with paragraph (2) which are effective to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar or

Further HSE news releases are available at www.press.hse.gov.uk

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/quarrying-company-fined-for-ignoring-advice/