5 April 2002

Crash helmets life savers, HSE tells ATV users

By Andy Moore

ATV users have been warned by the Health and Safety Executive to make sure they are provided with appropriate head protection.

It follows the conviction of Forfar-based A M Phillip, which was fined £12,500 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 14 Mar after the death of one its employees.

Charles Fraser, 32, was killed when he fell from an ATV which he was testing after repair.

The court was told that Mr Fraser had not been issued with any head protection from his employer and the company had not undertaken a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the test-driving of ATVs.

The company pleaded guilty and was fined for contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Section 2 (1) in that it failed to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of one of its employees.

HSE investigating inspector Douglas Conner says this tragic fatality highlights the kind of accident that can happen to riders of ATVs who have not been trained and are not wearing suitable head protection. &#42