Trafford Magistrates’ Court has fined a Manchester based table tennis table manufacturing company, £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,495 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation into how four one-ton concrete tables fell onto an employee causing significant crush injuries.
The incident which occurred on the 20 February 2015, caused injuries to the worker’s legs resulting in a 10 week hospital stay and continued absence from work.
The HSE told the court that the company had failed to plan and supervise the moving and stacking of the tables. The one-ton concrete tables were balanced on empty resin barrels which were totally inadequate to support the load.