A company has been fined after a man suffered an injury at work in which he broke both his legs.
Martyn Powell, 41, was struck by a falling 400kg metal track when the incident happened on 27 June 2012.
Workplace safety failings
He was working at a site belonging to his employers, Cemex UK Materials Ltd, in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, at the time and the incident prompted an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Cemex UK Materials Ltd was subsequently prosecuted for safety failings at Aylesbury Crown Court on 13 November.
The court heard that Mr Powell, from Milton Keynes, was part of a team cleaning the area around the metal skip track at the asphalt plant and the track had been lifted into the air by a hoist to enable them to clean underneath.
Mr Powell then attempted to free the hoist because it had become jammed in its elevated position.
As he used a manual ratchet to pull down on the hoist, the hook gave way and the hoist quickly fell, impacting on his legs.
Injury at work
Due to the work injury, Mr Powell had to stay in hospital for a week and he was unable to work for six months.
Cemex UK Materials Ltd had failed to properly maintain the hoist and it had not provided a safe system of working in the event that the hoist did not work, the HSE concluded.
Health and safety at work
Anyone who keeps up to date on the latest personal industry claims news by regularly visiting Accident Advice Helpline website will be interested to find out the outcome to the case.
The company, which had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at an earlier hearing, was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £10,043 in costs.
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Date Published: November 16, 2013
Author: David Brown