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FALLING CONTROL PANEL CRUSHED WORKMAN

Planning lacking on how to safely move heavy electrical equipment

A specialist electric engineering contractor has been fined £60,000 after an employee suffered serious crush injuries when an electrical control panel he was moving fell in February 2016.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates Court heard how the workman was injured when the ‘top heavy’ 650-750kg panel fell causing life changing injuries including a fracture that split the left and right side of his lower pelvis apart.

HSE investigators found that the company, who provide electrical engineering and refurbishment services, failed to properly assess the risks involved.

Safe system of work absent

A safe system of work and the proper instruction and training needed for moving the panel were also not provided.

  • Instrument and Control Services Ltd – of Canal Lane, Stoke-on-Trent pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The company was fined £60,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £2923.62 and a Victim Surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Marie-Louise Riley-Roberts said:

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to assess risk and to devise safe methods of working which their employees should then be trained in.

If Instrument and Control Services Ltd had ensured that their employees were following to a safe system of work, based upon proper planning, then the life changing injuries sustained by this worker could have been prevented”.

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