Liverpool Crown Court has fined a well-known car manufacturer £30,000 and has been told to make a contribution of £20,000 towards HSE costs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated an incident at a Merseyside plant where an employee was found trapped in a piece of machinery weighing 24 tonnes. The worker was believed to have been moving the machinery with a crane when the chain snagged and caught, causing the machine to move and fatally crush him.
The manufacturer pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after the HSE found that the company had failed to perform an appropriate risk assessment of the pre lift process prior to the lifting of the machinery.
The court recognised that the regulation breach was not causative of the worker’s death.
After the case was heard, Mark Dawson of the HSE said:
“A suitable risk assessment is an essential step in ensuring that the risks arising from work activities are properly controlled.”
“This is particularly important where the work is hazardous and has the potential to result in serious harm.”
“Employers are therefore reminded of their legal responsibility to identify the hazards and decide on the precautions that may be necessary.”