A forestry accident left a worker in hospital after he suffered a deep cut to his knee while using a chainsaw, a court has heard.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that Enviroclean had not trained its employee, Hugh Dorricot, in chainsaw work nor given him adequate protection. He was also unaware of the risks such work entailed.
Mr Dorricot, aged 26 at the time of the accident on March 9th 2010, suffered the injuries at Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He has since gone back to work after having an operation.
He was clearing trees and vegetation from an embankment with the chainsaw, when he suddenly felt the earth give way beneath him and began to slip and tumble backwards.
As he was falling, the chainsaw fell from his hands and cut him deep in the left leg.
Painful slip costs company £7,000
Mr Dorricot’s slip also proved dear for the company that employed him. An Airdrie-based Sheriff Court fined Enviroclean (Scotland) Ltd, of East Kilbride, £7,000 for safety faults this week.
The case, brought on October 15, heard that none of Enviroclean’s workers held certification proving they were capable of chainsaw work when the accident happened.
HSE investigators found that the firm’s chainsaw work risk assessment said that every worker had to be adequately supervised, trained and instructed. It also said they should wear chain-mail leggings and other protective equipment.
Enviroclean admitted breaking Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Speaking after the case, Jennie Stafford, an HSE inspector, described hand-held chainsaws as “dangerous” tools that should be treated with the utmost care.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you
Workers who have suffered a forestry accident or any other workplace injury leaving them in need of medical attention can see if they are entitled to make a personal injury claim. This is where Accident Advice Helpline comes in. We are a trusted national law firm with a team of specially trained lawyers ready to help you.
Ring our dedicated 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to see if you are eligible to make a claim. You can also visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website, which has a blog that will tell you how to operate a chainsaw safely.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown