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    YOUNG WORKER INJURED BY FALLING POWER PANEL

    Teenager trapped when panel fell from pallet during unloading

    Radwell International Limited, a supplier of industrial equipment based in Newcastle, has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 in fines and prosecution costs after a teenager on work experience was injured in December 2014.

    Stafford Crown Court heard how during the unloading of a heavy electrical panel from the back of a lorry at Radwell International Limited, the injured teenager was asked to steady the panel which had been placed onto a wooden pallet on the floor.

    The panel fell trapping him on the ground across the forks of the forklift truck. He suffered five compression fractures of his pelvis, and a head injury.

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessment, training, supervision and communication.

    Safe systems needed for all deliveries

    Radwell International Limited, of Dalewood Road, Lymedale Business Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £86.666 and ordered to pay costs of £12,143.

    After the hearing HSE inspector Steve Shaw said:

    “This case highlights the need for companies to have in place safe systems of work for all deliveries at their premises.

    Had such a system been in place, this teenager starting his working career need not have suffered the painful injuries he endured and this company would not have faced the judgement of the courts.”

     

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