Bad planning and supervision contributed to a worker suffering a terrible crush injury when four table tennis tables fell on him, a court has heard.
The accident happened at Manchester-based Bendcrete Leisure Ltd in February last year.
An employee tried to use a crane to shift a concrete table towards four more tables which were steadied against a couple of half-full resin barrels.
But these barrels were not made to withstand the pressure of any substantial loads.
They collapsed as the crane operator brought down the table, causing the one-ton tables to fall off.
An employee who was standing by the stacked concrete tables became trapped between the crane’s stanchion and the tables.
Hospital airlift after leg injury
The worker suffered a bad leg injury and was quickly freed by work colleagues who moved the tables.
But it was too late to stop serious injury and the worker was treated by Wythenshawe Hospital after an air ambulance ferried him there.
The unnamed man did not leave hospital for 10 weeks after the accident and has not yet returned to work nearly a year later, Trafford magistrates were told.
HSE investigated work accident
The work accident sparked a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation and a subsequent prosecution. Investigators discovered the task was not properly planned, neither had it been undertaken or supervised safely.
Magistrates imposed a £12,000 fine upon Stalybridge-based Bendcrete Leisure. They also told it to pay costs of £3,495.
The firm admitted breaking Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: February 11, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown