Two engineering businesses have been successfully prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an individual suffered severe crushing injuries to his hand.
Kevin Bradley, aged 54 at the time of the incident in October 2010, was unloading steel beams when he was struck by a falling object that had dislodged from a forklift.
Stirling Sheriff Court was told how Hugh Logan Plant and Engineering Services and Falburn Engineering failed to properly plan the unloading activity, while necessary information, training and supervision were not supplied to carry out this operation safely.
Mr Bradley shattered the bones in four fingers on his right hand, as well as suffering a severe laceration to his palm.
HSE inspector Michelle Gillies commented: "This was an entirely avoidable incident. The dangers associated with the delivery and unloading of steel … are well known in the industry and readily foreseeable."
Hugh Logan Plant and Engineering Services was fined GBP 16,000 for its failings, while a penalty of GBP 10,000 was levied against Falburn Engineering.
Posted by Wayne Weir