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Man Suffers Serious Crush Injuries in Accident at Work

A steel manufacturing company based in Cardiff has been prosecuted after a worker suffered crush injuries to his hand in an accident at work.

Accident at work incident

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how the accident at work took place on 23 October 2015. An employee of Rom Ltd was removing leftover steel from a machine used for straightening steel wire, called the Koch Straightener.

The worker trapped his hand between the rotating rollers inside the machine, suffering serious crush injuries to his right hand. He also severed the tip of his right index finger during the accident at work.

Health and safety investigation

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the accident at work incident and found that Rom Ltd failed to recognise the risks involved with workers manually operating the Kick Straightener. It was also found that steps hadn’t been taken to ensure the machine was appropriately guarded.

Furthermore, it was found that the company failed to provide an adequate level of supervision for the activity, resulting in the worker suffering the workplace injury.

Sentencing and fines

Rom Ltd of Castle Works, East Moors Road, Cardiff today pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,200.63.

HSE inspector David Keane said after the hearing:

“This man suffered a life-changing injury. The company failed to protect the worker from harm by not properly considering the risks associated with manually operating dangerous machinery such as this.”

Accident at work compensation – 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

Employee Suffers Chemical Burns in Accident at Work

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A Hampshire based electro-polishing company has been fined for an accident at work incident in which a worker suffered chemical burns.

Accident at Work Incident

On 13 February 2015, an employee of Poligrat (UK) Limited was instructed by a manager to dispose of waste cleaning chemicals at the firm’s site in Aldershot.

The agreed method was to transfer caustic pearl granules into the top part of an ‘intermediate bulk container’ (IBC) containing acids, in order to neutralise the chemicals inside.

However, during this process an exothermic reaction occurred and the container became unstable. The chemicals erupted over the employee, 51 year old Keith Brown, and he was thrown to the ground.

The force of the chemical reaction blew Mr Brown’s glasses off and he suffered alkaline burns to his eyelids and ulcers to both corneas, as well as grazing and burns to his legs.

HSE Investigation

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court how an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive found various safety breaches. Firstly, it was found that the agreed method of transferring the substances had not been suitably risk assessed. Secondly, it was found that the substances used themselves had also not been sufficiently risk assessed.

Sentencing

Poligrat (UK) Limited, of Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The company was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,072.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Andrew Johnson said:

“The use of an IBC as a reaction vessel was wholly inappropriate. IBC’s are designed for the storage of a range of substances. They are not designed for use as a chemical reactor. Other safer reasonably practicable options were available, such as using a waste management company to remove and safely dispose of the chemicals.”

Accident 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. 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

Muller UK Employee Injured in Accident at Work

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A dairy manufacturer in Market Drayton has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an accident at work incident, in which a worker sustained serious injuries when he fell from height.

Incident

Manchester Crown Court heard that on 8th July 2015, an employee of Muller UK and Ireland Group LLP (Muller UK), along with the assistance of two of his colleagues, was changing the refrigeration gas of a set of chilled storage units.

All three men were carrying out the work whilst stood in the roof void of a building that housed the chilled storage units at the firm’s premises on Lake Road, Trafford Park. The worker in question was stood on a fragile roof panel when he fell. He sustained serious injuries to his head and body after falling 15 feet through the void between the chilled unit and the building shell.

HSE Investigation

An investigation into the incident by the HSE found that despite having instructed numerous employees to carry out the same work on numerous occasions previously; Muller UK had not provided the workers with any information regarding the fragile roof panels.

HSE’s investigation also found that no risk assessment was carried out by Muller UK before permitting access to the roof void. The roof panels were not clearly visible and there were no warning markings or barriers in place to prevent access to the fragile panels.

Furthermore, the company had not shared any information regarding the presence of fragile roof panels prior to work starting.

Sentencing

Muller UK and Ireland Group LLP, of Tern Valley Business Park, Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. the company was fined a total of £400,000 and ordered to pay £9,336.90 costs.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll said after the hearing:

“This case highlights how important it is that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is undertaken for all work at height and work within roof voids, to identify the potential for fragile panels to be present. Falls from height through fragile roofs remain a common cause of life changing or fatal injuries for individuals at work”

Accident 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. 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 Loses Arm & Leg in Accident at Work

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A father of newly born twin girls has had his arm, leg and several toes amputated after he suffered an electric shock in an accident at work incident.

Jamie Mines was placed in an induced coma following the incident in Swindon, Wiltshire on Monday 19th December. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

During the accident at work incident, the 33 year old suffered a severe electric shock as he was working on five-meter high scaffolding. The exact details of the situation and which company Mr Mines was working for at the time of the incident have yet to be released.

In the 24 hours following the accident, friends and family of Mr Mines managed to raise a total of £15,000 through a Go Fund Me page. The money is to be used to help aid the father of two’s recovery.

Close friend of Mr Mines, Ian Kennedy, 32, from Swindon, said:

“It’s really tough for the family. They were looking forward to their first Christmas together.

“The girls had to open Christmas presents on their own without their dad. I have known Jamie for years as we’ve played football together.

“It is just crazy that the donations are being made from people that didn’t even know him.

“It came as a shock to everyone that it had happened and over Christmas doctors didn’t know how severe his injuries were but then had to amputate his leg and hand to save his life.

Mr Kennedy went on to say:

“The doctor said if he wasn’t so fit, he probably would have died.”

Accident 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. More information can be found via our ‘Accident 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: SWNS.com

£15,000 Awarded to Client Involved in Workplace Accident

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Hampson Hughes Solicitors have settled an Accident at Work claim for our client, resulting in £15,000 compensation.

The accident involved our client slipping on scaffolding and injuring his left ankle, resulting in damage to the tendon and dislocation.

The medical expert who examined our client for the purposes of the claim recommended that he was to be further referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Also included within the workplace accident settlement were claims for loss of the benefit of holidays from work, which were taken as sick leave following the accident and likely disadvantage on the open labour market.

Workplace accident compensation – expert advice

If you have suffered following a workplace accident, you could be entitled to maximum accident at work compensation.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you are eligible to claim workplace accident compensation. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.