£100,000 fine after worker sustained serious injuries


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Posted on 07 May 2016

A cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him.

The injured person was assisting a fork lift truck operator to move the sheet of marble from a container when it fell on him. He sustained serious and extensive crush injuries to his legs, as well as a fractured sternum and severe lacerations to the back of his head.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that there was an unsafe system of work being used to move the load.

GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9938.38.

Recommendation

Ensure safe systems of work are recorded for work activities that pose a risk to workers.

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