The HSE have reported that an engineering fabrication company in Warrington have been sentenced after an employee was crushed by a falling metal frame.
You can read the full report here:
The employee was moving a metal frame using a forklift truck with another employee. The frame was catching the wheels of the truck and so the driver of the truck loosened the straps that were securing the load, consequently this caused the frame to topple from the fork lift truck onto the employee.
The employee sustained severe crush injuries including multiple fractures and a ruptured bladder. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigator, Catherine Lyon reported following the hearing that the employee’s injuries were life changing and could have been fatal. She explained that the company were allowing fork lift trucks to be used without the appropriate training and monitoring of those operating them. At the time of the hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court in October the employee was receiving ongoing treatment and had been unable to return to work.
Following an investigation by the HSE it was determined that the company had not prepared a suitable risk assessment or lifting plan for lifting operations and they had failed to recognize the risks associated with the way that the employees were working. The employees were not adequately trained or instructed in respect of carrying out lifting operations safely. The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined and ordered to pay costs.
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Employers have a responsibility to provide safe methods of working and to ensure that employees have the necessary training and information to enable them to work safely. If you have been involved in an accident at work and sustained injury as a result of inadequate training and monitoring, your employers failing to identify the risks associated with your job role or a fellow employees negligence then contact our team at Ringrose Law to see if you can make a claim.
We could help you receive compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you may have suffered arising from the injury but we could also assist in obtaining the right treatment to facilitate your recovery and help you to recover any financial losses that have arisen as a result of the injury, for example in the above case loss of earnings.