Dartford Motorsport Company Faces Massive Fine for Multiple Health and Safety Violations

Dartford Motorsport Company Faces Massive Fine for Multiple Health and Safety Violations

Dartford Motorsport Company Fined for Multiple Health and Safety Violations

A Dartford-based motorsport engineering company has been hit with a hefty fine of nearly £16,000 after multiple health and safety breaches were discovered.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made four visits to Hispec Motorsport Limited between February 2017 and July 2021, uncovering serious breaches on each occasion.

The company, which specializes in designing and producing brake upgrades for various types of cars, was found to have neglected the maintenance of its machinery, putting workers at risk of exposure to harmful metal-working mists known to cause asthma.

The HSE recently launched a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of metalworking fluids, which can have adverse effects on the lungs and skin through inhalation or direct contact.

During their inspections, the HSE found that Hispec Motorsport Limited had not only failed to maintain its equipment, but employees were also seen operating CNC machines with safety panels removed, leaving them vulnerable to dangerous moving parts.

Moreover, the company had not taken adequate measures to protect its employees from exposure to water-mix metalworking fluid mist, a known cause of respiratory diseases.

As a result of these findings, Hispec Motorsport Limited pleaded guilty to violating Section 2(1) of The Health and Safety At Work Etc Act 1974.

The company was then ordered to pay a fine of £6,500, along with costs of £7,378 and a victim surcharge of £2,000 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 3rd.

HSE inspector Sam Brown emphasized the seriousness of the company’s failings, stating that they had consistently failed to meet basic health and safety standards.

He also noted that employees were being exposed to hazardous substances and using unguarded machinery, putting them at risk of debilitating respiratory diseases.

Brown affirmed that the HSE will not hesitate to take legal action against companies that neglect their duty to protect their workers, even if no injuries or illnesses have occurred.

The prosecution was led by HSE enforcement lawyer Iain Jordan and supported by HSE paralegal officer Imogen Isaac. This case serves as a reminder to all companies to prioritize the health and safety of their employees to avoid facing similar consequences.

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