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    VEHICLE STRIKE TRIGGERED FALL OF ROOF TRUSSES

    Manufacturer failed to identify a suitable safe system of work

    A company which manufactures wooden trusses has been fined after a worker sustained crush injuries in March 2017.

    Luton Magistrates Court heard how a worker suffered multiple fractures after a fork lift truck reversed into a stack of roof trusses which fell onto him. This led to the employee being pinned against his workbench which resulted in fractures to his knee cap and 14 ribs.

    Safe methods of work not identified

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to manage health and safety in that it did not identify safe methods of delivering work materials inside the production areas and provide suitable training and suitable supervision.

    • Bartram Manufacturing Limited – of High Road, Beeston pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £82,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,804.40 as well as a victim surcharge of £170.

    After the hearing HSE inspector Emma Page said

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

    If a safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the severe injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

     

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