Two firms have been prosecuted after a factory worker had to have part of his leg amputated in an accident at a Delpro plant. Vincent Sutton, 49, was delivering a five-metre long metal frame to Delpro Ltd in Glossop when the incident occurred. The frame, manufactured by Mr Sutton’s employers Russell Fabrications, was loaded onto a pickup truck using an overhead crane and chains, but was loaded at an angle. There were two sets of chains, one significantly shorter than the other, to allow for the angle of the lift, but the shorter set of chains forced their way out of the hook holding them in place. The frame fell around two metres to the ground onto Mr Sutton’s foot when lifted out of the truck. Mr Sutton had to have his leg amputated above the knee due to the extent of the damage.
Derby Crown Court heard that the two companies did not put plans in place as to how the frame was going to be lifted safely. The court also heard that the lifting equipment and the truck were unsuitable for the job. Russell Fabrications Ltd failed to ensure that there were adequate arrangements in place for the frame’s safe transportation to the Delpro Ltd plant. Delpro Ltd was fined £12,000 plus costs for its role in the incident and pleaded guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Russell Fabrications Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £11,917 plus costs.
Negligence and accidents at work
Being forced to undergo a leg amputation due to an accident at work indicates that there were health and safety failings which led to the incident. If there are any health and safety failings at your place of employment and you are injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. If you have lost the use of your limb, you may be unable to continue working which could cause some financial difficulty. To get help with making your compensation claim, you can get in touch with our team at Accident Advice Helpline.
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Accident Advice Helpline are a specialist personal injury firm who can provide you with legal representation if you have been injured at work. Where there is evidence of negligence, you could be entitled to a cash sum that may help you with your care or any financial difficulties you may have encountered through loss of employment. Get in touch with our team for some no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 today.