As part of a project conducted by the HSE to examine various skips designs, they found failings both in the design of skips produced by Skyways Shopfitters Limited and in the way work was conducted at their factory in Uxbridge. The first inspection took place in September 2010 when two Improvement Notices were issued for failing to have lifting equipment checked and certified, and failing to provide staff with training in the use of the equipment.
The HSE subsequently visited on three further occasions and found further breaches of health and safety laws each time. The breaches included failing to ventilate harmful gases and having inadequate wiring at the factory. In total the HSE issued nine Improvement Notices and a Prohibition Notice. However, by the time of the final visit in March 2011, only minimal work had been completed to comply with the notices and previously identified hazards had not been dealt with. The HSE took the view that Skyways was putting profit before the safety of their employees and prosecuted the company for breach of section 2(1) HSWA 1974. Skyways pleaded guilty to the charge and stated in mitigation that the notices had since been fully complied with and that a health and safety consultant had been appointed at the factory. They were fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,210.