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    REBAR FELL FROM FLT IN UNSAFE LIFTING OPERATION

    Multiple fractures caused by inappropriate use of fork lift

    A steel fabricating company has been fined after a worker was injured by steel falling on him in December 2016.

    Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard how an employee was struck by a bundle of steel reinforcement bar which fell from a fork lift truck whilst they were being moved, causing multiple fractures in his leg.

    Bar slipping risk not reduced

    HSE investigators found the company did not have a safe system of work in place to avoid this kind of incident.

    In particular, workstations were not separated from vehicles routes; lifting accessories were not provided to reduce the risk of the rebar slipping from the forks; and forklift truck drivers were not provided with site-specific and load-specific training.

    • Lemon Groundwork Solutions Limited – of Wickford, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6253.14.

    After the hearing HSE inspector Nikki Hughes said

    “This incident could easily have been avoided by the implementation of affordable control measures, such as a lifting accessory being used on the forklift truck.

    Handling and moving rebar is a well-recognised industry risk, which the company failed to identify and manage, despite the activity occurring frequently during a working day.

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

    HSE has published guidance in consultation with the National Association of Steel Services Centres entitled: ‘Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock’ (HSG246).

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