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Safety failings lead to £30,000 fine

01 September 2016

Liverpool Crown Court handed down a £30,000 to an engineering company following serious injuries sustained by one of its employees.

Occurring on 30 June, 2014, the incident saw the 46-year-old worker receive serious flesh wounds and a fractured arm, according to Safety & Health Practitioner.

The injuries resulted from a failed attempt by two workers to move a structure out of company's premises using a fork lift truck.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the structure twisted during the lifting process and this caused it to enter the cab of the fork lift truck, striking the employee.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to conduct suitable planning, supervision or safety procedures, resulting in its prosecution.

It had also failed to provide any risk assessment or formal training to the employees.

Knowsley Engineering Services, of Peel Road Industrial Estate, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974.

In addition to the £30,000 fine, the company was also ordered to pay £7,670 costs.

HSE inspector Imran Siddiqui said the incident could have been avoided if the company had 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".

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