Chester Crown Court has fined a North Wales based company a total of £180,000, and ordered to pay £23,300 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that a 51 year old employee died when a piece of machinery weighing approximately half a tonne fell on him. The court heard that the worker was moving the power press from a storage container by using a pallet truck.
During this move, the machine turned over and injured the employee’s chest. He later died of his injuries.
The incident occurred in December 2012.
The HSE reported that the worker had not been adequately trained and the lifting operation was unsafe.
After the case was heard, Katherine Walker from the HSE said :“Thirty per cent of fatal accidents in manufacturing in Great Britain involve the fall of a heavy item. It is important that everyone involved in maintenance understands the risks and lifts are properly planned by a competent person.”