Aylesbury Crown Court has fined an engineering company £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,831 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that employees were attempting to lift a decanter scroll, which weighed approximately 900kg, into a mobile trailer. The workers asked for the help of one of the office staff. During the maneuver, the scroll slid forward and trapped the office worker. He suffered severe leg injuries and required surgery.
The court heard that the company had failed to ensure that staff were appropriately trained and supervised in carrying out a complex task.