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    FALL FROM TRAILER WHILST LOADING PRECAST UNITS

    Lifting attachment knocked workman from rear of vehicle

    Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited has been fined after a workman was injured whilst loading concrete units onto a vehicle.

    Nottingham Magistrates heard how on 8th August 2014 a contractor was loading freestanding concrete units onto his vehicle using a side-loader.

    He was unscrewing a lifting shackle from the top of the concrete units when an attachment slid from the forks of the side-loader. The attachment struck him, knocking him off the vehicle. He suffered a broken collar bone, fractures to both shoulders and two broken ribs.

    HSE investigators found that the risk assessment and system of work were inadequate.

    Workman in unsafe place

    Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited, of Southfields Business Park, Harby Road, Langar, was fined a total of £26,000, with costs of £2,579 after pleading guilty to offences under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said:

    “This incident was entirely avoidable had the risks been adequately assessed. The injured person should not have been near the moving sideloader or on the back of the trailer.”

     

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