Legislation Update: Car Park Management & Health and Safety Executive

Car Park Management legal ruling. In a recent case Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that Luton Airport and a design subcontractor have been ordered to pay a total of £372,595 in fines and costs for safety failings after an elderly passenger was killed on a poorly sited pedestrian crossing.

The passenger was killed as she used a crossing between a terminal building and a passenger drop-off zone at the airport.

An investigation by the HSE found the crossing was badly positioned and did not conform to regulations that apply to public roads, and stated that the airport operators “failed to take the proper steps to ensure the safety of vehicles and their passengers at the airport”.

Airports are busy places and the movement of traffic creates hazards to the degree not present in an average surgery car park. This is not to say that an injury through a slip, trip, fall or vehicle movement is unlikely to occur, but perhaps the outcome is less likely to result in a death.

First Practice Management (FPM) have long advocated active car park management and risk assessment, and subscribing members can access a number of car park management documents within our Library resources. Accidents involving injury in a car park are likely to be reportable to the HSE and it is essential that adequate risk assessments are in place.

FPM's General Manager, Steve Morris wrote an article about managing your car park earlier this year for the FPM blog.

Health and Safety Executive

Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

A new publication from the HSE includes the Regulations in full, as well as the Approved Code of Practice and guidance. It will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on issues such as ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions, workstations and seating, floor conditions, falls or falling objects, transparent and translucent doors, gates and walls, windows, skylights and ventilators, traffic routes, escalators, sanitary conveniences and washing facilities.

More information can be found at the HSE website.


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