A serious work injury at an automotive manufacturer in Sunderland has prompted a GBP 3,200 fine for the employer responsible.
International Automotive Components Group was also ordered to pay GBP 2,636 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety legislation.
The prosecution follows an incident at the company’s Southwick premises in which employee Trevor Rollin became trapped after a tooling rack collapsed while he was using an overhead train.
Mr Rollins suffered multiple fractures, cuts and bruises in the incident, which has been ascribed to poor risk management procedures.
"Employers should learn a lesson from this incident – that the safety of work equipment cannot be taken for granted," commented Health and Safety Executive inspector Fiona MacNeill.
It follows the prosecution of a Staffordshire refinery after one employee suffered severe damage to his hand when it became trapped in the rotating blade of a metal recycling machine.