Injury Compensation News

Fine for Company after Worker Injured in Work Accident

March 1, 2016

A manufacturing company based in Manchester has been issued a £12,000 after one of their employees sustained injuries to their leg in an accident at the plant.

Bendcrete Leisure is a manufacturer of sports apparatus made of concrete, notably skate parks and climbing walls, as well as outdoor table tennis tables. During the manufacturing process of the later, an employee of Bendcrete Leisure was injured.

The incident in question occurred on the 20th February last year, when an employee – who has retained their anonymity throughout the proceedings, was using an overhead crane to move one of the heavy tables towards of four other such tables. They were all balanced atop of two resin barrels, and when the final table was lowered down, the barrels gave out.

The employee was situated near the tables, beside the crane, and when the barrels broke the entire stack of tables – each a tonne weight – fell on top of him. His legs were crushed, and though fellow employees were able to free him, when he was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital, he was admitted for ten weeks. During that time he recovered from his injuries, but he has been unable to return to work.

The Health and Safety Executives (HSE) proceeded to investigate the workplace accident, and found that the entire procedure for moving the table tennis tables had never been planned or supervised. Bendcrete Leisure Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The case proceeded to the Trafford Magistrate’s Court, where the company conceded liability for their role in the accident. The negligent employer was then fined £12,000 and ordered to pay an additional £3,485 in protection costs.

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