A Lincolnshire metal recycling firm has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a worker was left with broken ribs when he fell from a sloping conveyor belt. The Company had previously been served 3 improvement notices over the years for failing to comply with Health and Safety requirements, yet seemed not to have learnt that their employees safety is paramount.

The worker at the company was carrying out maintenance on the belt when the main power was switched on again meaning the whole line, reactivated, having not been isolated.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Ward said:

“.. it is clear that…had complied with previous enforcement action, the firm neglected safety again and again, and disregarded lessons that should have been learned from previous HSE interventions.”

If you are in an accident at work, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury.

Although people may not realise or understand, an employer is under a duty to take reasonable care of its employees’ health and safety, and has a duty to ensure the safety of its employees.

People can be wary of making a claim against their employer for fear of reprisals, being labelled a trouble maker or the worry that it may affect the companies’ finances. Employers are legally required to have employer’s liability insurance, for this very reason.

If you have suffered an injury, then contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim contact one of our offices or call 01522 561020.

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