Burning issues

Spate of garage accidents prompts RMI to issue advice

Published:  20 April, 2012

COMPLYING with HSE regulations is often seen as simply more red tape to tie up - but a spate of recent accidents in garages has left trade body the RMI warning garages that they face more than a fine if they don't comply.

"Health and safety compliance is vital to ensure a garage is running both safely and legally" said Stuart James, RMI Director.

Following reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that there have been over 8000 injuries and 24 deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry over the last 5 years, the IGA are urging all garage owners to ensure that their health and safety processes are up date.

James continued "A recent accident in a garage resulted in a young apprentice being set on fire and badly injured. The HSE, which investigated the incident, stated the company did not have a safe system of work for handling, storing or using flammable substances. Events like this remind us all of the importance of having strict safety guidelines in place.

"From October 2012 The HSE will impose a charge on any garage that is found to have health and safety breaches no matter how minor. In the past the garage would receive a letter in the first instance outlining what areas they need to improve on, however there will now be a charge included in that letter under its cost recovery scheme.

"It is imperative that garages stay compliant with health and safety legislation to not only ensure their team's safety but to make sure they do not incur any charges during their HSE inspection.

"RMI offers its members a fully rounded health and safety support package that enables them to be up to date and in line with legislation."

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