An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive into a serious injury for a worker at steel foundry Padley & Venables in Derbyshire has resulted in a considerable fine for the business.
The company has left itself open to a number of personal injury compensation claims by the unnamed member of staff, after a hearing at Derby Crown Court heard how a 61 year old man was left with multiple serious injuries requiring three operations and ten weeks of hospitalization after an incident in April 2011.
He suffered breaks to both of his legs and pelvis, a crushed right foot and damage to his left knee when a 9 meter long, 1.6 tonne steel bar that was being transported across the foundry fell on top of him.
HSE inspector Fiona Coffey after the hearing said that "The route being taken to bring long steel bars from the forge room to the saws meant passing in close proximity to employees working the saws. Reasonable precautions could and should have been taken to ensure their safe movement.”
Mr Coffey said that "Instead, a man has suffered serious injuries that have had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on his quality of life."
The company was fined GBP 60,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of GBP 16,419 as a result of its safety failings.
According to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, all employers have a duty of care to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees.
Source - Steelguru