Companies have been warned that they face injury compensation claims and fines if they fail to carry out appropriate risk assessments, following a serious work injury in Burton on Trent.
Agricultural contractor Pete Mellor was prosecuted and fined GBP 12,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in regard to an incident in 2007 which left an employee requiring the amputation of his leg.
The worker was repairing a forklift truck for the company when an unsupported 1.8 tonne counterbalance weight fell on his left leg, crushing it.
HSE inspections found that no risk assessment for the job had been carried out and the employer had failed to provide a support for the weight.
"A suitable and sufficient assessment would have addressed all of these issues and a man may not have been left with a life-changing disability," said HSE inspector Samantha Farrar.
The prosecution follows an incident in which a London factory worker was crushed to death by a one-tonne roll of paper.
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