Concrete firm fined £300,000 after employee has leg amputated
Buchan Concrete Solutions Ltd, a producer of concrete blocks, has been fined £300,000 after an employee had to have a leg amputated.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard the 42-year-old man was working near a trailer on 30 June 2015, whilst large concrete blocks were being unloaded onto the outside yard area of the Buchan Concrete Solutions Ltd site in Burton-on-Trent.
The workman was removing wooden struts on which the concrete blocks had been resting whilst the concrete blocks were unloaded by a forklift.
One of the blocks slipped off from the forklift,and fell onto the workman. He was taken to hospital for treatment to serious crush injuries to one of his legs. The leg was eventually amputated below the shin.
Lifting operation not carried out in a safe manner
HSE investigators found the unloading operation was not properly planned. The forklift truck weight capacity of five tonnes was insufficient to cope with the weight of the blocks, and the worker should not have been in the vicinity while the concrete blocks were being lifted.
Buchan Concrete Solutions Ltd formerly of Walton Road, Drakelow, Burton On Trent (now in administration) pleaded guilty to Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, was given a £300,000 fine and also ordered to pay £10,092.42 in costs.
After the hearing HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said:
“The injured man suffered life-changing injuries. This incident was entirely avoidable, had the lifting operations been properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.”