An Energy Company has been sentenced after a contractor was injured by a falling steel wire coil.
The Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 April 2017, a contractor was working at a pre-assembly site in Great Yarmouth when a steel wire coil, weighing 50kg, dropped onto their left forearm and wrist. The worker suffered a fractured wrist as a result of the incident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to ensure a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and adequate control measures were in place to prevent the injury.
The company was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £66,000. and ordered to pay £10,106.38 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector commented: “This could have been easily prevented if the defendant had put in place simple measures to reduce the risk of injury from dropped objects.
“Undertaking suitable and sufficient risk assessment and developing safe system of work which follow the hierarchy of control are an important element of risk control and reduction. “