GHA Coaches Limited, in Wrexham has been fined £250,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. It was alleged that the company failed to have its lifting equipment thoroughly examined within the requisite timescales. The LOLER Regulations aim to reduce risks to health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work and to ensure that any defects are identified and remedied.
Wrexham Magistrates Court heard that an inspection revealed overdue LOLER examinations on at least 14 items. Despite the service an improvement notice (which was extended twice), the company failed to comply and were prosecuted for breaching Regulation 9(3)(a)(ii) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. In addition to the £250,000 fine, the Magistrates also ordered that they pay legal costs of £3,068 to the Health and Safety Executive.