Investment in training provides “better risk value”
Ground Control’s Neil Huck (centre) at the European Parliament.
Ground Control’s National Training Manager and BALI Technical Director, Neil Huck, has predicted significant impacts across the horticultural sector following Cirencester Town Council’s £29,000 fine.
The fine was issued after the council pleaded guilty for a case in which a groundsman suffered multiple rib fractures and bruising when operating a ride-on mower. The incident occurred as the operative misjudged the angle of a slope due to the long grass without using an inclinometer. The council was adjudged to have failed to provide the specific training required and failing carry out an adequate risk assessment, breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
The consequences of the incident will mean companies and councils will be placed under the microscope to ensure appropriate equipment and training is provided for groundsmen throughout the sector.
Neil went on to highlight the incredible investments Ground Control has made to ensure the safety of our operatives across the UK;
“It’s going to have quite an impact in the industry,” said Huck. “The banks in this incident were too steep for the machinery used. At Ground Control we cut and maintain a variety of steep banks and have invested heavily in awareness training for our operatives across the country. Training is paramount in all we do at Ground Control which has in turn provided a better risk value for our clients.”