Concrete Manufacturer Fined for Safety Failings
A company responsible for manufacturing pre cast concrete slabs has been fined after a worker suffered injuries on site.
On 8th August 2014, a contractor for Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited of Langar was stacking concrete units onto his vehicle via the use of a side loader when an attachment slid off the forks of the loader. As the attachment fell, it hit the worker & knocked him from the vehicle, leaving him with two broken ribs, fractures to both shoulders and a broken collar bone.
After carrying out an investigation into the incident, inspectors for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was an inadequate safe system for working and inadequate risk assessments.
Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited, of Southfields Business Park, Harby Road, Langar, pleaded guilty to offences under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was fined a total of £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,579.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said:
“This incident was entirely avoidable had the risks been adequately assessed. The injured person should not have been near the moving side loader or on the back of the trailer.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive