Stroud Magistrates’ Court has fined a brick manufacturing company £18,500, plus costs of £7,500, after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The court heard that a 45 year old man was working at the Blockley, Gloucester site in February 2014.
The worker sustained significant injuries after stepping onto or falling onto a machine that breaks up clay. The machine was recently installed.
Injuries included damage to his right leg and loss of part of his toes.
After the case was heard, Ann Linden from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said:
“This incident would not have happened if simple precautions such as putting up a barrier or guard had been in place. Safeguards cannot be relaxed because a machine is being commissioned or tested.”