A manufacturing firm from Worcester has been fined thousands of pounds after an employee was crushed by a door in a workplace accident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the worker was lucky to be alive after a door collapsed while he was working, pinning him to a baler.
As well as suffering fractures to his upper body, the employee was suffocated during the ordeal which left him unconscious for eight hours.
Essential Supply Products Limited of Enigma Business Park in Malvern pleaded guilty to health and safety failings.
Two maintenance workers were swapping the bottom of a substantial door at the factory on May 5, 2015, Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard.
While removing the door furniture, such as the hinges and brackets, the door collapsed, pinning one of the workers between it and a baler that was next to the door.
One employee was pinned down between the baler and the insecure part of the door, the court heard.
Risk to life
The HSE investigation found there to be a lack of appropriate equipment to undertake the task.
The investigation also determined that the employees had not received the right training before carrying out the work.
Despite the risk that suffocation could have been fatal, the worker has fortunately since made a full recovery.
The Health and Safety Executive found that there was no appropriate equipment, instruction or training provided to the workers by managers to ensure the method of work was safe.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown