A factory in Haslingden has received a five-figure fine following an accident that saw a worker sustaining nasty knee and leg injuries. The worker was hit by a 300kg bale of foam at the factory, an incident that resulted in him sustaining two breaks to his left leg and knee damage as well. The injuries meant he had to stay in hospital for a week and he could not return to work until several months’ after the accident had happened.
The company involved, Interfloor Ltd., pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive. The investigation discovered that the 300kg bales were commonly stacked as many as four high in the factory. However, there were no preventative measures in place to ensure they did not fall.
The falling bale that caused the injury was not the first to have fallen at the factory. As a result of previous incidents Interfloor had identified the associated risks in an assessment. However no steps were taken to prevent this from occurring again. This resulted in a £40,000 fine for the company as a result of the accident, plus £7,233 in costs.
How severe might knee and leg injuries be?
Some broken bones can be straightforward breaks, while others are more serious and may take longer to heal. In some cases surgery might be required. Clearly if someone is crushed by a bale or other heavy weight as occurred in this accident, there is the potential for knee and leg injuries to be quite nasty. It may take time to learn to walk again when the person recovers from the injuries. In some cases pain may be felt long afterwards.
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Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown