The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Suffolk based firm, after an agency worker sustained serious injuries when a one tonne marble sheet fell on him at a Felixstowe site.
The HSE told Ipswich Crown Court that the employee suffered significant crush injuries to his legs and sternum and experienced lacerations to his head. The court heard that the cargo handling company used an unsafe work method to move a heavy marble sheet with a forklift truck.
The court fined the firm £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9938.38 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
After the case was heard, Jessica Churchyard from the HSE said “Employers have an absolute duty to ensure that they do everything reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of their employees.”