The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Cumbrian engineering firm after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was crushed by a two-tonne metal frame.
Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday (February 25th) how a 21-year-old employee of Tweddle Fabrications suffered multiple cuts and fractures when a partially-constructed trailer chassis swung out of control while being lifted at the firm’s Carlisle premises in February last year.
An investigation into the incident revealed a lack of proper supervision for the lifting procedures, as well as a lack of measures to ensure staff were kept at a safe distance throughout.
The young man struck by the frame is still recovering from his injuries and has not yet returned to work.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd commented: “He wasn’t involved in the work to rotate the trailer chassis but had no way of knowing his life was being put at risk as he walked across the factory floor.”
Tweddle Fabrications pleaded guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined GBP 12,000 for its failings.
Posted by Verity Taylor
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