An engineering firm from County Durham has been heavily fined after an agency worker had to have his leg amputated.
Con Mech Engineers Ltd of Harelaw Industrial Estate, Annfield Plain in Stanley pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
It was fined a total of £20,000 – £10,000 for each offence – and ordered to pay £8,045 in costs.
The 32-year-old man from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, crushed his leg between a moving vehicle and a water tank at the company’s premises on 26 January 2012.
He was trapped for almost an hour before eventually being freed by emergency services.
The accident at work left him hospitalised for a month. His right leg had to be amputated below the knee and then later above the knee, while his left leg also suffered a fractured femur and severe crush injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Con Mech Engineers Ltd had failed to assess and identify the risk posed to workers from contact with the dangerous moving vehicle, which transports heavy components on a fixed track.
“This incident could have been easily prevented if Con Mech Engineers Ltd had identified the risks and then provided suitable measures to make sure workers did not come into contact with the moving machinery,” said inspector Cain Mitchell.
“By failing to introduce simple precautions, a worker has suffered serious, life-changing injuries.”
Personal injury compensation
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