An engineering company has been fined after a worker suffered injuries to three fingers when they were crushed by a metal frame he was attempting to lift with colleagues.
The Magistrates Court heard how, on 14 February 2017, a worker was injured when a metal frame weighing approximately 250 kilograms fell whilst lifting it manually to carry out welding and crushed the employee’s fingers. Two fingers were partially amputated later as a result of his injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident revealed that the lifting and turning of these frames was not an isolated occurrence and a number of the frames had been made in this manner over the three years that the company has been in existence. No steps had been taken to avoid the manual handling or to assess the manual handling operation and take steps to reduce the likelihood of injury.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) (b) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £884.00 costs.
Speaking after the case, the HSE Inspector said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”