It has been reported that a Littleborough carpet firm has been fined after an employee suffered severe injuries when a concrete wall collapsed onto him. (http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/carpet-firm-sentenced-after-wall-collapses-on-employee/?ebul=hsegen&cr=4/18-may-15) The employee broke his back, leg, pelvis and hip in the incident at West Pennine Carpets Ltd on 29 July 2013.
The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the wall had not been designed to cope with the weight of dozens of carpet rolls, stacked up against it.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard the company had hired a contractor to build two walls using concrete blocks. The company relied on the builder’s verbal assurances that the walls would be strong enough to withstand the force from the carpets stored between them. However two weeks later Mr Ridings reported that one of the walls was leaning by several inches to the company’s director. Workers were asked to remove around half the carpets stacked against the wall but no further action was taken.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Ian Betley said:
“This was an easily preventable incident which will have an impact on one of West Pennine Carpets’ employees for the rest of his life.”
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.
Contact our team today at Ringrose Law in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Spalding & Newark where we can advise you if you have a claim. Alternatively contact Rebecca on 01522 561020.