A 45-year-old worker suffered serious leg injuries after an accident involving machinery at a brick factory, a court has been told.
The Gloucestershire factory accident has prompted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to issue a call for firms to make sure that they implement appropriate measures to prevent such accidents.
Firm fined £18,500
The man’s employer, brick making firm Northcot Brick Limited, was fined £18,500 and ordered to pay a total of £7,500 in costs after it admitted to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The hearing at Stroud Magistrates’ Court was told that the accident at work happened at the company’s premises on Station Road in Blockley, Gloucester, on February 27, 2014.
Magistrates heard that the man sustained his injuries after either falling on to or stepping on to a clay-breaking machine that had recently been installed at the site. The injuries to the worker’s right leg included the partial loss of two of his toes.
They were told that the company had carried out a risk assessment that established guarding or barriers should be installed on the machine to protect workers. However, the court heard the safety measures had not been implemented at the time of the accident.
‘Accident easily avoidable’
Following the court case, HSE Inspector Ann Linden said the accident could have been easily prevented had a guard or barrier been installed on the machinery.
She added that the fact a machine was being tested or commissioned did not mean that safeguards designed to protect workers could be relaxed.
Source: Health & Safety Executive
Date Published: July 15, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown