A construction company in North Lincolnshire has been fined for safety failings after an accident at work left an employee with life changing injuries.
Accident at work
Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard how Coldmac Limited had been contracted to lay a footway in 2015. On 8 April, a worker for the firm was using a screwdriver to remove asphalt residue from a cement mixer he was using. The court heard how the screwdriver slipped and the employee caught his hand on the lip of the mixer.
As a result of this accident at work, the worker in question lost his middle and index fingers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the accident at work incident and found that the guarding on the mixer was ‘below the safety standard required in order for people to safely operate the machinery’.
Sentencing & fines
Coldmac Limited of Midland Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1995.92.
HSE inspector Luke Messenger said after the hearing:
“This case highlights the importance of safety checking equipment and machinery, ensuring that they have the appropriate guarding in place to avoid serious injuries like this.”
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A firm has been fined for safety failings after a court heard it failed to keep and maintain a safe place of work whilst laying a pipe under a road surface, which resulted in an accident at work.
Rebeck Communications Limited was contracted to lay a pipe under the whole width of a road in Northamptonshire on 14th May 2014.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that in regular circumstances a safety zone of 0.5 meters should have been maintained whilst undertaking this sort of work. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the road was classed as ‘narrow lines’ due to its’ width of 4.8 meters.
A temporary traffic management system was implemented, closing one lane whilst traffic was able to travel on the other ‘live’ lane. This type of system usually relies on self-management by drivers using the road.
However, whilst resurfacing the road once the pipe had been laid, a worker was hit by a moving bus. He suffered serious injuries including severe ligament and muscle damage and a dislocated knee.
The court heard that the required 0.5 meter safety zone had not been maintained whilst the work was carried out and no further safety measures had been put in place. The court also heard that is was likely the worker had to step into the lane of traffic as the bus was passing in order to position equipment.
After pleading guilty to Regulation 26(2) of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007, Rebeck Communications Limited, of Eagle House, Billing Road, Northampton was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,293.
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