A recycling company has been fined £2,000 after an employee was badly injured in a work accident when he was struck by a heavy steel beam.
The Horwich man was standing next to a forklift truck in the yard at J Doyle Ltd on July 18 2012, when the incident happened.
A six-metre-long (19ft 8in), 100kg-plus (15.7st-plus) beam slid from the forks and dropped on to his left leg.
The unnamed worker, 52, suffered a fractured ankle, a deep cut to his shin, and bruising and swelling to his shin, ankle and foot.
He was off work for over three months and today walks with a limp, Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard.
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Work accident exposed safety flaws
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Friday (November 15) prosecuted the company over the work injury.
This followed an investigation which found it had failed to ensure the work to lift beams was planned, supervised or undertaken safely.
A co-worker at the site had been attempting to load the steel beam into an empty skip so it could be taken to a customer. As he did so, it slid from the forks on the forklift truck hurting the delivery driver.
The HSE investigation found the firm had employed this procedure of lifting steel beams on earlier occasions, but had failed to plan the work properly.
J Doyle Ltd, of Bolton, also paid costs of £1,500 after pleading guilty to breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
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Date Published: November 19, 2013
Author: David Brown