Six Car Repair Firms Found to Be Unsafe

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Six car repair firms in Kent have been served with prohibition notices after inspectors discovered a series of serious safety risks.

Canterbury City Council instructed health and safety officers to carry out 53 inspections in a week, which led to the six premises being presented with notices to stop using unsafe equipment or work methods.  Another ten businesses were told to make significant improvements in how they operated.

Mike Walters, principal inspector for the Health and Safety Executive in Kent, said it was clear that industry standards were falling “”quite a long way short of the mark””.  Among the dangerous hazards discovered include a failure to manage asbestos, uncontrolled or unmanned public access into workshops, unguarded mezzanine floors, and using unsafe portable electrical tools.

Failure to comply with the notices would result in the firms facing enforcement action dependent on the severity of the risk, according to the council’s commercial health manager Roger Vick.

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