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.
Posted by Verity Taylor