A 49 year old worker from Mossely, working for a fabrications company had delivered a five metre metal frame weighing approximately 850kg to a plant in Glossop.
The metal frame had been loaded on to a pick-up truck, lying at an angle with the top end resting on the cab of the vehicle. The frame had been lifted onto the truck with the aid of an overhead crane and two sets of chains.
The chains were different lengths to allow for the angle of the lift.
On removing the frame with a forklift truck, the shorter chains came out of the hook of the forklift and fell two metres and onto the worker’s foot.
The injuries sustained were severe and an above the knee amputation was needed.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that both companies had failed to plan and carry out the safe transportation and removal of the metal frame.
One company, who specialises in printing equipment pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to ensure the work was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in safety.
Derby Crown Court fined the company £12,000 and ordered to pay £8,735 in costs.
The second company, specialising in fabrications was fined £11,917 with costs of £13,734 after being found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector said:
“The failings of both companies contributed to this incident, which could so easily have been avoided had more thought gone into the planning of the loading, unloading and transport of the metal frame.”
Unfortunately the failings of the two companies have led to a worker suffering life changing and permanently disabling injuries.”
Information on improving safety in the manufacturing industry is available atwww.hse.gov.uk/manufacturing.