Hazardous Chemicals – Workers Put at Risk

Marston Agricultural Services Ltd, of Toll Bar Road, Marston, Grantham, has pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after an investigation led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that employees at the agricultural machinery manufacturing firm were being put at risk of developing asthma.

Grantham Magistrates’ Court heard that the firm had allowed trailers to be spray painted with paint containing isocyanate – a chemical known to cause irritation to the eyes and to the respiratory tract.

HSE discovered that the on-site respiratory equipment was not being used correctly, and that the protective clothing supplied by the company was in a state of disrepair. Doors to the spraying booths were found to have been kept open during the spraying process, leading to the possibility of the chemical escaping in to the workshop.

Other safety failings included an emergency shower that had been broken for many years.

Marston Agricultural Services Ltd was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,420

HSE inspector Emma Madeley commented:

“Marston Agricultural Services failed to adequately control their employees’ exposure to hazardous chemicals over an extended period of time, despite having repeatedly received
advice from HSE and others on the requirements of the Control Of
Substances Hazardous to Health regulations.”

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