Newport Company Fined After Workers Suffered Serious Injuries

Firm Fined £200,000 After Workers Developed Vibration-Related Injuries


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A Newport pipe manufacturing company has been fined £200,000 after breaching health and safety regulations concerning the provision of training and undertaking risk assessments of the use of vibrating power tools.


Asset International Ltd admitted failing to provide training to employees or proper risk assessments for ten years. It was also found to have ignored concerns raised by employees and to have kept workers in the dark about how to report injuries.


A number of workers at the firm now suffer with hand-arm vibration syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome and vibration white finger.


Inspectors from the HSE found there were a number of failures to protect members of staff at Asset International Ltd who used power tools on a daily basis.


HSE inspector Joanne Carter said: “The serious and irreversible risks from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome caused by work with vibrating tools are well known and guidance has been in place since the early 1990s.


“This case shows there is no excuse for not putting in place a management system which includes risk assessment, control measures, health surveillance and information and training to reduce these risks to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.”

If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.

Satinder Bains, a Partner and expert workplace illness lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, who has represented those affected by vibration-related injuries, said:

Expert Opinion
Health and safety regulations are in place for very good reasons and clearly companies need to take their responsibilities for the safety of staff seriously.

“This means providing clear working guidelines, monitoring the health of employees and adhering to recommendations made by the HSE. Clearly, there were a number of failures in this process at Asset International Ltd.

“it is disappointing to learn of the disregard for the health and wellbeing of these employees. The kind of injuries staff at the firm suffered can be debilitating for victims and the problems they are now suffering could have easily been avoided had the correct procedures been in place.
Satinder Bains, Partner