Environcom England Ltd, a Lincolnshire recycling firm has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker was left with a broken back when he was struck by a washing machine.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted the company at Lincoln Crown Court on the 2 February 2015.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Dr David Lefever said:

“This incident….was entirely preventable had the company maintained the pedestrian walkways previously required by HSE.”

“It is vital that pedestrians are separated from the dangers posed by vehicles. The company let the walkways become blocked so pedestrians had to use other routes, including the main vehicle entrance to factory.”

Accidents at Work

More than 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace occur each year and around 50 of these incidents result in death.

Simple forethought and planning by employers can avoid accidents. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees and section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”

As a worker if you feel that a situation at your workplace is unsafe then inform your supervisor and the health and safety officer.

Accidents at work 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.

Contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

 

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