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Two Men Injured in Accident at Work at Stansted Airport

An aircraft engineering company based at Stansted Airport has been fined by the HSE after two men were injured in an accident at work.

Accident at work

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how an agency worker and an employee of Inflite Engineering Services were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane on 10 June 2015. The men were working on either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) at the time of the accident at work incident.

The court heard how third employee closed the wrong circuit breaker, which opened the plane’s air-brake and knocked over the two MEWPs.

Injuries

Both the agency worker and the Inflite employee fell around 10-15 feet to the ground below. One man, 62, suffered a broken back, three fractures to his pelvis, a punctured lung and a fractured elbow. The second man, 60, suffered a chipped bone on his spine, as well as a broken wrist.

HSE Investigation

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no adequate risk assessment was in place. Furthermore, HSE found there was a lack of suitable monitoring in place while the work was being carried out.

Sentencing

Almost two years later, Inflite Engineering Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The firm was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,492.90.

HSE Inspector Tania van Rixtel said after the hearing:

“Both of these men suffered shocking injuries after falling from height, which could easily have been a double fatality. Our investigation found the incident could have been avoided had adequate monitoring been taking place. Aircraft maintenance companies are reminded that not all risks are covered by the Aircraft Maintenance Manual and additional measures need to be introduced.”

Accident at work – expert advice

Compensation may be available if you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault. More information can be found via our ‘Accidents at Work’ page.

To begin your accident at work claim, contact us today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no obligation-consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Man Suffers Broken Pelvis in Accident at Work

A construction company based in Bedfordshire has been fined £400,000 after a worker suffered a broken pelvis in an accident at work.

Accident at work incident

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Kier Construction Limited (Kier) was carrying out work at a site in Uxbridge, Middlesex at the time of the incident. The worker, Jair Morales, was installing plywood boards over holes on the third floor of a building when he fell around 3.9 meters to the floor below. He suffered a fractured pelvis and broken arm during the accident at work incident. Mr Morales has been unable to work since.

HSE investiagtion

Health and Safety Executives’ investigation into the incident found that the firm did not ensure the work was carried out in a safe manner and that it hadn’t been properly planned. Furthermore, the court heard how Kier hadn’t taken any steps to prevent Mr Morales from falling through the opening as he installed the boards.

Sentencing and fines

Kier Construction Limited of Tempsford Hall, Bedfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching section 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm has been fined £400,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £1,534.

HSE inspector Owen Rowley said after the hearing:

“This incident could have been a lot worse. The system that Kier Construction Ltd has in place to control the risk from installing the protection for openings was not implemented on site, ultimately resulting in the accident.

“The risks of working at height are widely recognised throughout the construction industry. This case highlights the importance of ensuring that all work at height is properly planned and carried out safely.”

Accident at work – expert advice

Compensation may be available if you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault. More information can be found via our ‘Accidents at Work’ page.

To begin your accident at work claim, contact us today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no obligation-consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Health & Safety Executive