Sufficient moving and handling training can often be overlooked in the workplace, although it is a vital part of maintaining a safe working environment. Without providing your employees with adequate training to keep themselves safe, it is easy for unfortunate accidents to take place, such as the tragic fatality detailed below.
Details of The Incident
The court heard that a maintenance engineer at the company was working with colleagues to move a large and heavy milling machine. He was using a forklift and machine-moving skates. While carrying out the work, the machine became unstable and toppled onto him, resulting in fatal head injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to assess and plan the task of moving the machine. They had not determined a safe system or work, nor had they provided clear instructions to the worker or supervised the activity.
The skates used were not adequately maintained. They had also not been inspected prior to the activity to ensure that they were safe.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,033.
HSE Inspector Annette Walker spoke after the hearing; ‘This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to ensure that this one-off task could be undertaken in a safe manner.’
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