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Accident that crushed worker’s legs leads to £10,000 fine

Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries 

A Stirlingshire firm has been heavily fined for serious Health & Safety breaches after a worker’s legs were crushed by a one tonne mould.

The injury occurred when a worker, with more than 35 years of experience, was using an overhead crane to lift a mould. As the mould was moving, it struck him below the knees, crushing his legs between the casting box and a cast iron platform.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that although risk assessments were in place relating to operations at the foundry, there was no system setting out how to carry out the method of turning casting moulds safely.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000. Following the case, HSE Principal Inspector Fiona MacNeill, said:

The task of turning a casting mould weighing around one tonne using an overhead crane is inherently dangerous. It was entirely foreseeable that if a worker was struck by the mould, he could be killed or seriously injured…

Had the company implemented the advice given by HSE in 2010 and had proper risk assessments and a safe system of work been in place, this incident may have been avoided.”

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