Telford Magistrates Court has fined an engineering company £12,000 with costs of £1057 after pleading guilty of breaching Regulation 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The incident on 21 August 2014 was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee working for a Telford based lifting company was crushed by a two tonne beam.
The HSE report revealed that two workers were moving a seven metre long beam with the aid of an overhead crane. The five tonne fabric sling used to hold the beam snapped, causing the beam to fall to the ground crushing one of the workers.
The employee suffered injuries to his leg and torso.
The court heard that the sling was in an inadequate state and unable to hold the weight of the beam, the employee had not received appropriate training and both the workers were using their hands to steady the load and not remaining behind safety lines.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Lyn Mizen said: “This employee has suffered some horrendous injuries as a result of an entirely preventable incident”.
“The employee leading the lifting operation was not trained to use the equipment or to recognise when it was unsafe to use. They were also not informed about the use of ‘tag lines’ which are designed to keep workers out of dangerous areas.”