An engineering company has been fined £6,500 after an employee lost two toes following a serious work accident.
The incident occurred when the unnamed worker was hit by a falling 400kg (63st) die that was being delivered across a tool room at Alumasc Precision Ltd in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, on May 18, 2012.
The serious injuries were sustained when lifting equipment failed.
Two of the worker’s toes, including his big toe, were so badly hurt they had to be amputated. The employee could not work for many months, but is now back with the firm.
The top half of the die was fastened to the crane by eye bolts, but the bottom half was secured just by a G-clamp, Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court heard last Friday.
The bottom half fell away as it was being transported and hit the employee on the left foot.
‘Could have been avoided’
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified concerns with the lifting operation during an investigation into the work accident.
It said the accident could have been avoided had a strong strap been fitted across both halves of the die to prevent the two halves from becoming detached.
The firm could and should have done more to make sure the lift was safe, the court heard.
Alumasc Precision Ltd, of Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, was also told to pay £9,554 costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
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Source: Works Management