The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Hull based engineering company after a 63 year old a welder and fabricator was injured, when a marine hatch and frame fell onto him.
The incident which occurred in February 2014, damaged the worker’s hip and shattered his pelvis.
The HSE told Hull Crown Court that the equipment weighed more than 500 kilograms and was being manoeuvred by an overhead crane to a vertical position so that the hinge could inspected and quality stamped.
The court heard that the job had not been planned or risked assessed properly. The court fined the company £30,000 with £24,577 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
After the case was heard, Sarah Lee from the HSE said: “If the job had been correctly planned and risk assessed then a safe way of doing the job could have been established.Sadly it was not, which lead to Mr Blake suffering from these terrible injuries.”