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    Health and Safety News

    Manufacturing company fined £1m after worker’s death

    By Jonathan Brown on October 3, 2016

    Manufacturing company fined £1m after worker’s death

    A company has been fined £1 million for its “ad hoc” approach to health and safety after a worker died in a workplace accident

    Colin Reddish, 48, was crushed by falling machinery while working at Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd in Hemel Hempstead. 

    The Lincolnshire man was moving a large CNC milling machine at the company’s factory.

    The machine was being lifted using jacks and then placed onto skates to give Mr Reddish access to use an angle grinder to cut and remove the bolts that had secured it to the floor.

    During this procedure, the machinery fell over and on top of Mr Reddish, who was working alone at the time of the incident.

    Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Reg 3(1) of Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety of Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £1m for breaching Section 2, with full costs £6,311 and a victim surcharge of £120.

    Accident could have been prevented

    It was judged that Parker Hannifin Manufacturing hadn’t provided enough training to any of the workers whose job it was to lift and move machinery.

    HSE Inspector Martin Giles said: “Colin Reddish’s death was entirely preventable. Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd had already tried unsuccessfully to lift the machine using a fork lift truck but instead of learning from this failure they carried on. Their ad hoc approach to managing dangerous tasks resulted in one of their workers losing his life.”

    He added that other companies should learn from the incident and should make sure they have properly risk assessed the situation before they start any task and that they have trained staff with the right type of experience to carry out the work in hand safely.

    “Taking an extra few minutes to properly think through a problem could save a worker’s life,” he said.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: October 3, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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