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Merseyside Based Company Fined for Injury at Work

A Merseyside based engineering company has been fined by the HSE following an incident in which an employee was seriously injured.

Incident

On 30th June 2014, a 46 year old employee of Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd was attempting to move a metal structure using a forklift truck. The employee, along with a colleague, was trying to lift the structure when it twisted and swung towards the worker. The structure entered the cab of the truck and struck the employee. He suffered serious flesh wounds and a fractured arm.

An investigation into the incident found that the company had failed to ensure that the process of lifting was suitably planned, supervised and carried out safely.

Furthermore, the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment and had not provided employees with suitable training.

Sentencing and fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974., Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd of Peel Road Industrial Estate, Skelmersdale was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,670.

HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said after the hearing:

“Had the company taken basic steps such as providing suitable training so those undertaking the lift were in a more informed position to assess and then adequately manage the risks, this incident would have been avoided.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

Accident at work compensation may be available if you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault. Your accident at work compensation claim could also include any instance of illness linked to your past or present working conditions. If you believe that more could have been done to prevent your accident at work, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today for your FREE no obligation consultation.

Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.

Source: Health & Safety Executive

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