Telford engineering firm fined after worker suffers crush injuries11 June 2015

Lifting equipment manufacturer Pelloby Engineering as been fined £12,000 with costs of £1,057 after a beam weighing two tonnes fell onto an employee, causing severe injuries. The incident happened on 21 August 2014 at the company's site in Telford.

A team of two employees were working in the company's 'finishing shop' moving a 7m long beam (weighing around two tonnes) across the shop floor. The beam was connected to an overhead crane using a single five tonne fabric round sling. During lifting the sling snapped dropping the load to the floor. It landed on one of the employees pinning him down and crushing his leg and lower torso.

Telford Magistrates Court heard the workers were steadying the load by hand and not using 'tag lines' to keep them out of the danger zone. The employee using the overhead crane had not been formally trained to use it. The sling was also found to be in a poor state of repair and lacked the required statutory examination report.

Pelloby Engineering was fined after pleading guilty of breaching Regulation 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE inspector Lyn Mizen said: "This employee has suffered some horrendous injuries as a result of an entirely preventable incident. The employee leading the lifting operation was not trained to use the equipment or to recognise when it was unsafe to use. They were also not informed about the use of 'tag lines' which are designed to keep workers out of dangerous areas.

"Pelloby Engineering Ltd fell far below the standards expected of a competent employer, standards which are well publicised and accepted within the industry."

Ian Vallely

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