GHA Coaches Limited, which is based in Wrexham, has been fined £90,000 for repeatedly failing to comply with safety regulations in relation to its lifting equipment.
Under Regulation 9(3)(a)(ii) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, employers are required to ensure that lifting equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration is thoroughly examined at least every 12 months. The Regulation ensures that any deterioration is identified and remedied in good time.
Between April 2014 and August 2015, GHA failed to carry out thorough examinations on its lifting equipment in accordance with LOLER.
In 2015, an inspection exposed late LOLER examinations on at least 14 items. The company was then served with an improvement notice, which was extended twice but the company still failed to comply with LOLER. The company had previously been served with an improvement notice in 2011.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(3)(a)(ii) LOLER and failing to comply with an improvement notice. The company was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,068.