Firm is fined after worker breaks leg in accident

May 24, 2013

 

Ian Barnard , 28, was part of a three-man team working for White & Co plc removing equipment from Bedford to Wellingborough on behalf of a local motor spares company when a steel fly press weighing 75kg fell on him.
 
Health and Safety Executive inspectors, who investigated the incident in Murdock Road, found that White & Co plc had failed to assess the risks to its employees while carrying out the work.
 
Nor had the company provided Mr Barnard with adequate training in manual handling.
 
As a result of the HSE investigation, two Improvement Notices were served on the company.

The incident happened in October 2011.  Mr Barnard was helping to carry the steel fly press out of the building when it fell on him, breaking his left leg and causing lacerations to his right leg.

He was in plaster for three months after being treated in hospital, Bedford magistrates heard. Mr Barnard was made redundant by the company shortly after the incident.

 
White & Co plc, of Chandlers Ford in Hampshire, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,524 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
 
HSE Inspector Karl Howes said: “Manual handling is everyday practice in the removals industry. Each job should be adequately assessed, employees should have sufficient manual handling training and there should be appropriate health and safety management arrangements in place.”
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