A man working in rail infrastructure company, Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd, suffered injuries to his right hand in 2009 whilst manoeuvring a large piece of rail track into a press and in the following year was badly injured for a second time when his left hand was crushed while carrying out the same procedure.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has resulted in a major UK rail infrastructure company being prosecuted for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. The company received a fine of £8,000 and were ordered to pay costs of £41,438. The HSE commented that the company should have acted more quickly to prevent a reoccurrence of the first incident and failed to adequately protect their workforce. These incidents highlight the dangers of working in the construction industry in general.
Figures on the HSE website indicate that ‘around one third of all workplace fatalities occur in construction and many thousands are injured each year.’
A firm that sees the aftermath of many construction injuries is accident at work compensation specialists, Accident Advice Helpline. A representative of the company commented,
“The health and safety of workers on any construction site should be paramount in the minds of their employers and this particular case illustrates the need for close supervision of their workforce. The number of claims for a work injury is relatively high in this industry and construction is one of the highest-risk sectors in which to work.”
The HSE confirmed that injuries to construction workers often have a long-lasting effect, not only to the workers themselves, but also to their family and colleagues.
Accident Advice Helpline is a no win, no fee* compensation provider who specialise in personal injury claim advice. If you want to find out more about claiming for a work injury, their helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Source: Northern Ireland Safety Group
Date Published: April 10, 2013
Author: David Brown