It is extremely important that the workers are aware of their rights and responsibilities without the fear of losing their job
(PRWEB UK) 27 January 2014
According to the article published by the BBC on 17th Jan 2014: Morganite Electrical Carbon's £120,000 fine for driver death , Turkish national Ahmet Yakar, 52, who did not speak English, was hit by parts weighing up to a quarter of a tonne each at Morganite Electrical Carbon. The HSE's prosecution was for failing to ensure the operation was not properly and safely managed. The Swansea firm admitted the breaches.
The BBC report went on that according to the HSE; Mr Yakar was reluctant to open up the curtain sides of his lorry as he arrived to make a delivery at Morganite in July 2011. Instead, he was supplied with a hand-operated pallet truck to move the boxes to the back of the lorry, where they were transferred to a forklift truck. During the operation, the boxes which were stacked four high became unstable and the top box toppled and knocked the driver off the lorry. The next box toppled onto him as he lay on the floor. Despite efforts to free and revive him, he died at the scene.
The BBC article goes on to say that an HSE's investigation found that Morganite did not have safe working procedures for receiving and unloading delivery vehicles and also had no set policy for dealing with drivers who did not speak English. Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd was fined a total of £120,000 and ordered to pay a further £16,021 in costs after admitting the health and safety breaches.
Following the unfortunate events and the death of Mr Yakar, Bristol Private Detectives agency (http://www.bristol-privatedetectives.co.uk) expresses its concern about the importance of providing a safe working environment.
Chief investigator Greg Smith said: “Some companies do not move on with the times and have ignorance is bliss attitude to new rules and regulations.”
Bristol Private Detectives suggest a possible solution for employers and staff alike is to install CCTV cameras where possible in order to monitor and record the activity in the work place to determine if and how rules and regulations are being broken either by staff or employers. It is not always possible for the installation of CCTV cameras in some work places so an undercover investigator, posing as an employee, may get to the truth of the matter. That way, the employers and employees who do not practice a safe environment can be dealt with by proper authorities.
Bristol Private Detectives chief investigator, Greg Smith, is concerned that cases like this are bound to happen again He said: “It is extremely important that the workers are aware of their rights and responsibilities without the fear of losing their job. Having solid evidence provided by CCTV cameras or by an undercover detective can help workers and employees to prevent the tragic events like the one described in the BBC article, from happening again.”
Contact Greg Smith on 0117 327 0106 or email him at greg.smith(at)bristol-privatedetectives(dot)co(dot)uk