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    METAL GRID FELL FROM FLT DURING PAINTING

    Steel fabricator could have used sling to safely suspend grids

    A welding and fabrication company has been fined after an employee’s foot was crushed by a falling metal grid in December 2016.

    Chesterfield Magistrates heard how employee Nicholas Jenkin was instructed to paint several metal truck wash grids when one of the 1 tonne grids slipped through the forks of a forklift and crushed his foot.

    He suffered a broken foot and three toes were amputated. He is still undergoing hospital treatment.

    Easily prevented incident

    HSE investigators found the company had failed to properly plan the task and ensure the forklift driver had received adequate training to fully operate the vehicle.

    The company also failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place e.g. use of a sling on the forklift truck, which would have prevented the metal grid slipping from the forks.

    • Swadlincote Aluminium and Welding Co Ltd – of Unit 3 Suttons Business Park, Swadlincote, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £4,400 and ordered to pay costs of £860.40

    Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector David Keane said:

    “This injury could have easily been prevented had thorough planning been carried out.

    Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from injury while operating fork lift trucks.”

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