Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Companies which carry out vehicle repairs in Thanet will be receiving visits from the council’s health and safety staff over the next few weeks (November).

Checks are being carried out across Kent, in a health and safety blitz that’s focusing on premises that repair vehicles, fit tyres and exhausts, MOT stations and spray shops.

In the last five years, there have been 24 deaths and more than 8,000 injuries in the UK motor repair industry. The causes have been wide ranging, including manual handling accidents, slips, trips, falls from a height, using machinery and equipment, electrical hazards and asbestos exposure.

The latest crackdown will see officers from Thanet working with colleagues in Canterbury, Dover and Shepway, visiting premises across East Kent during the week of Monday 2 November. Letters were sent to premises in September, advising them about the impending visits and offering them free health and safety training, led by the Health and Safety Executive and industry experts.

Cllr. Chris Wells, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We want to play our part in helping to reduce the number of injuries and deaths in the UK vehicle repair industry. The premises that our teams will be visiting were warned by letter back in September, so any employer we find who’s failing to meet health and safety standards when we visit them will be facing the prospect of enforcement action. All employers have a duty to ensure that their staff and customers are safe on their premises and it’s our job to check this is happening.”

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