Risk management and how not to do it - Hickson Welsh
Posted by APM on 22nd Jul 2010
South Wales and West of England Branch in September 2007 received a presentation on the subject of risk management, using the example of Hickson Welsh. Hickson Welsh are an independent chemical manufacturing company who specialise in organic chemistry and offer contract manufacturing services and a range of fine chemical intermediates to the crop science, health & nutrition and specialty markets. The plant is in West Yorkshire and was established in 1915. Hickson and Welsh were prosecuted under Section 2 of Health and Safety at Work Act at Leeds Crown Court on 30 July 1993. The seminar was a pictorial presentation of the accident that occurred and a summary of the lessons learnt.
The accident resulted in five deaths and many of the staff suffered injuries, at the time of the accident 900 people were employed by Hickman and Welsh. The company was fined 250,000 and 150,000 in costs.
The pictures and narration from this presentation help to provide a strong and emotive message to the audience about risk management. To conclude the session, delegates were given the hard lessons that the company had to face after this horrendous accident. An excellent presentation that was both honest and at time's shocking but it provided the audience with a real example of how not to do it.
Slides from the Hickson and Welsh presentation are available to download below.
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We make risk assessments every day, and generally we do them well. Most of us look both ways before looking the road, and in the same way most of us will survey a site before we allow our projects to start digging.