This article was published on September 21st, 2016
The Health and Safety Executive started investigations into a company after one of its employees was involved in a serious accident leaving him with a badly broken leg.
The Magistrates Court heard how the incident happened when a number of workers were attempting to lift a 900 kg decanter scroll onto a mobile trailer. It had just been serviced and the workers were struggling to move the heavy machinery and asked for an extra pair of hands from the administration office.
A 47 year old technical support supervisor, from the office, then assisted them with manoeuvring the heavy item and it is at this point the object slid forward trapping the man against some metal racking and badly breaking his right leg. He was stuck in terrible pain for over an hour and a half before he was rescued by the fire and rescue service. He sustained serious crushing injuries that meant he had to have his leg pinned back together using metal rods.
The HSE concluded that the company had failed in their duty to ensure the employees were all trained and equipped to do the job required and that their had been insufficient planning of the job concerning risks involved in moving such a heavy object.
The company was fined £75k after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and ordered to pay £15,831 legal costs.
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