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FINGERS CRUSHED IN MANUAL HANDLING OPERATION

Firm failed to avoid manual handling task or assess and manage risk

An engineering company has been fined after a workman suffered injuries to three fingers crushed by a metal frame he was lifting with colleagues in February 2017.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard how the workman was injured when the metal frame weighing approximately 250kg fell whilst it was lifted manually to a position for welding. Two fingers were partially amputated later as a result of his injuries.

Avoidance or risk reduction required

HSE investigators found that the lifting and turning of the frames was not an isolated occurrence and that a number of the frames had been made in this manner over the three years the company had been in operation.

Steps had not been taken to avoid the manual handling or to assess the manual handling operation and take steps to reduce the likelihood of injury.

  • Dantech Engineering Limited – of Burrell Way, Thetford, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) (b) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £884.00 costs.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Anthony Brookes said:

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

 

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