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MANUAL HANDLING OFFENCE FINED £67,000

Significant risk in handling excavator wheel not avoided or assessed

Holt JCB Limited has been fined £67,000 after the wheel of an excavator being handled manually fell and injured an employee at a site in Port Talbot on 8 April 2016.

The company is a privately run family business with over 30 years experience of selling JCB equipment and after sales services.

Swansea Magistrates Court heard how the apprentice was tasked with changing air filled wheels with foam wheels on a machine intended to be used on a recycling site.

The wheel weighed more than 400kg. The incident left the man with broken bones in both feet.

HSE investigators found the company did not have any handling equipment for wheels The manual handling operation was not assessed workers were not trained in how to handle the wheels.

Handling could have been avoided for £700

Holt JCB Limited of Third Way, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Manual Handling Regulations 1992. The company has today been fined £67,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2929.70.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Steve Richardson said:

“This incident could have been prevented if the company had used a mechanical wheel handler costing less than £700.

Measures such as this would have been apparent had the task been properly assessed.”

 

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