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Company Fined Over Fatal Accident at Work

A teenaged apprentice engineer from South Shields has been crushed and killed in an accident involving heavy machinery in the workplace.

What Happened?

In an investigation led by the health and Safety Executive (HSE), Newcastle Crown Court heard that Jason Burden, 19, was reassembling the 970kg machinery when it overturned.

HSE uncovered details that suggested Tyne Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd (TSECL) had known that the machinery was not fully stable, and did not take the proper steps to ensure the safety of workers.

What was the Outcome?

TSECL pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £47,936.57

HSE Inspector Paul Miller commented:

“The risks associated with the maintenance of machinery must be assessed before work starts, and must take into account forces applied to the machine in order to ensure that appropriate control measures are used to guarantee the stability of the machine.”

Accident at work compensation – expert advice

If you think you, or someone you know, may have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

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