Company failed to provide necessary equipment for manual handling task… A worker was propelled into the air by a 174Kg see-sawing concrete beam that hit him in the groin area inflicting serious injuries.
The firm he worked for has been fined for failing in their duty to provide him with the sufficient personal protective equipment to carry out the task safely.
The man, who wishes to remain unnamed, suffered a hairline fracture to the his pelvis and parlysis in his left leg as a result of the accident. He had been working with a colleague on installing a beam and block floor at a Hillside Care Home in Swansea in March 10 2010 when the accident occurred. The two men were at opposite ends of the 174kg beam and were using lifting straps to hoist the beam into position when the co-worker of the accident victim suddenly lost control of his end of the beam and the beam crashed downwards hitting the concrete beneath. The resulting see-saw effect caused the five metre long beam to hit the other man in the groin area lifting him upwards and seriously injuring him.
Swansea Crown Court heard that the accident victim had not been provided with the appropriate safety equipment to carry out such a dangerous manual handling task.
The construction company based in Llanelli pleaded guilty to breaches of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,847.35.
Hayley Healey, the HSE Inspector who investigated the case said:
“The company neglected its legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.
“Injuries as a result of manual handling are widespread and in this case it was entirely foreseeable that serious injury could occur.
“The degree of risk here was particularly high in terms of the weight involved.
“The employer failed to provide equipment which would allow the job to be done safely and, as a result, a worker suffered significant injuries in what was a completely preventable incident.”