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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Firms fined over worker’s head injuries

    By David Brown on November 6, 2014

    An employee was seriously injured after being hit by a falling beam during an operation to dismantle steelwork, a court heard.

    Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard that the 47-year-old had still not returned to his job following the accident at work, which happened in May 2011.

    The man, who lives in Chesterfield, was employed by Instant Installations Ltd to remove surplus fittings and steelwork at MMD Mining Machinery Developments Ltd’s premises in Somercotes, Derbyshire.

    Beam weighed more than a tonne

    Instant Installations Ltd, of New Whittington, Chesterfield, has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £8,013 in costs after admitting breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

    And magistrates fined MMD Mining Machinery Developments Ltd £26,666 with costs of £8,013 after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

    The court was told that the man and his colleague had been using a scissor lift work platform while attempting to remove the crane beam. But the beam weighed more than a tonne, twice the safe working load of the scissor lift.

    Accident could have led to fatality

    The beam had become unstable during the work and fell towards the factory floor, hitting the employee and leaving him with serious head injuries, magistrates heard.

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said its investigation had found that both firms failed to plan or record the arrangements for carrying out the dismantling work.

    Following the court case, HSE inspector Grayam Barnes said the incident could easily have resulted in somebody being killed.

    He said the equipment being used to remove the heavy beams at height had been completely inadequate.

    Accident Advice Helpline can assist people who’ve been injured in an accident at work to claim for compensation.

    Contact us via our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if our team of specialist personal injury lawyers can help you.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive 

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    Date Published: November 6, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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