An employee’s left hand was severely mangled in a crane hook work accident because lifting chains were unavailable – despite being made on the premises.
David Taylor, of Swinton, lost parts of all his fingers in the accident at Renold Power Transmission Ltd in Stockport on September 14, 2011, a court was told.
The firm, which makes chains for conveyor belts, escalators, and forklift trucks, was fined £80,000 at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday (January 8).
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed it operated an unsafe system for transporting heavy tooling equipment.
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Work accident probe found safety flaws
Mr Taylor, 54, had been running an overhead crane in the tool preparation space when the work accident happened.
He was carrying equipment weighing almost 300kg (47.2st), using straps that had already been placed around it.
But this equipment slipped out of the straps and began to fall towards him.
Mr Taylor lifted his left hand to safeguard himself but it became trapped in a strap and was pulled into the crane’s hook.
He lost half his thumb, the top of his index finger, two-thirds of his middle and ring fingers, and his entire little finger on his left hand.
The HSE investigation unearthed safety failings.
These included the firm failing to create a written risk assessment for the work and never giving Mr Taylor any formal crane training.
The company has since changed its working practices.
Renold Power Transmission Ltd, of Wythenshawe, was also ordered to pay costs of £12,696 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Source: Manchester Evening News