A mechanical engineering firm has been ordered to pay out more than £75,000 after a worker was seriously injured while helping to lift heavy equipment weighing 900kg.
Ralph Jago’s leg became trapped as he came to the aid of workers at GEA Mechanical Engineering Limited (GEA) as they attempted to manoeuvre a 900kg decanter scroll.
GEA has been ordered to pay over £90,000 in fines and court costs after the workplace incident that took place on January 29. 2015.
Trapped underneath heavy equipment
A decanter scroll, or centrifuge, is a device that employs a high rotational speed to separate components of different densities.
Employees were struggling to manoeuver the centrifuge into the trailer so they asked Mr Jago for his assistance.
The 47-year-old technical support supervisor attempted to assist the workers, however, while doing so, the decanter slipped forward and Mr Jago’s right leg became trapped against the metal racking. The worker was stuck for 90 minutes before emergency services were able to free him.
Mr Jago suffered severe fractures and doctors have inserted metal rods and pins into his right leg in an attempt to strengthen the limb.
Staff not given correct training
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it was uncovered that staff at GEA had not received adequate training to undertake the lift.
GEA Mechanical Equipment (UK) Limited, of Westfalia House, Wolverton Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Aylesbury Crown Court ordered the company to pay a fine of £75,000 and costs of £15,831.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 25, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown