Cumbrian Engineering Firm in Court After Worker Crushed By Two Tonne Frame
The Health and Safety Executive reported that on the 25th February 2015 a Cumbrian engineering firm had been fined £12,000.00 after worker suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a metal frame weighing nearly two tonnes.
The 21 year old from Carlisle, sustained multiple cuts an fractures to his left foot and leg and has still been unable to return to work almost a year on from the incident.
The Employer was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found the partially constructed trailer chassis had swung out of control while being lifted by two fork lift trucks.
The Court was told the company had failed to plan the work properly despite it requiring a complicated lift using two fork lift trucks. There should have also been someone responsible for supervising the lift, and measures should have been in place to ensure other workers were kept at a safe distance away.
The employer was fined £12,000.00 and ordered to pay £501.00 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
The case emphasized that the employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that a complicated lift using two fork lift trucks was properly planned, supervised appropriately and carried out safely.
Matthew Winder is senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is based at our offices at Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow.