City Council fined after obvious risk to employees ignored

On 30th August 2014 a worker was marking the lines for the ice hockey pitch at the venue on Kingston Street. He was walking towards the centre of the ice rink when he slipped and fell heavily onto the ice, suffering head injuries and breaking three ribs.

An investigation by the HSE found there had been a number of previous incidents of employees slipping and falling on ice, yet no evidence of any effective proactive measures to prevent falls was present.

Hull City Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £185,000 with £44,442.71 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Denise Fotheringham commented, "No effective measures had been taken to reduce the risks of employees working on ice. Measures could have included providing systems of work that avoided the need for working on ice in the first place. Where this was not reasonably practicable, providing suitable footwear for working on slippery surfaces such as ice would have been an appropriate measure against a quite obvious risk."

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