Two large glass sheets inflict multiple lacerations after falling on workers…
A double-glazing company has been prosecuted as a result of safety failings that led an employee suffering severe injuries at the firm’s plant in Bedford when toppling sheets of glass fell on him.
The 60-year-old accident victim was in the process of connecting a hook on a crane to the top of an A frame to enable him to lift two large panes of glass when the accident occurred on 1 September 2011.
The man along with a colleague were working in the proximity of the A frame when it suddenly collapsed bringing the large sheets of glass crashing down on them and inflicting serious lacerations upon their bodies as the glass shattered against them. The accident victim’s colleague suffered lacerations to his index finger while the 60 year-old glass worker suffered more severe injuries including injuries to his arm and elbow such that he required surgery and continues to suffer pain to this day and has not yet been able to return to work.
The subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the glass company had failed in its obligation to safeguard their employees in their working environment by ensuring the necessary safety protocols were in place so that the A frame was secure and would not fall over. Bedford Magistrates’ Court was told that if a bracket had been fitted to the wall at the premises to hold the A frame in place the accident would never have happened.
The double-glazing firm was fined £5,000 in addition to costs of £8,592 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
HSE Inspector Karl Howes commented after the sentencing had been delivered:
“This was a serious incident leading to Mr Llerena suffering painful, life-changing injuries and his colleague also being badly injured. It was also avoidable.
“Any work which involves the lifting of sheets of glass must be suitably planned and executed to prevent the glass falling or shattering. The company should have ensured this planning was done prior to the work being carried out.
Author: Julian Roberts
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