Joinery worker crushed by falling material

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an Essex joinery business after a member of staff was seriously injured after being struck by falling MDF fibreboards at its premises in September 2013.

Basildon Magistrates Court heard yesterday (June 26th) how a 50-year-old employee of Basildon-based Specialist Joinery Projects was hospitalised for two weeks and suffered a broken collarbone, five broken ribs and gashes to his head when the material weighing almost half a tonne fell on him.

An investigation by the HSE revealed the boards had been stored vertically and upright, and as the worker attempted to remove some of the panels, a suction effect caused the whole stack to fall on top of him.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Kim Tichias commented: “Specialist Joinery Projects should have ensured boarding was secure and that there was a safe process for using and handling boarding for employees to follow.”

The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined GBP 10,000.

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