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Warehouse operative crushed by a tonne of marble

A cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after a worker was crushed under a sheet of marble.

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An employee of Extreme Handling, a supplier of forklift drivers and general warehouse operatives, was working at GMA Warehousing and Transport’s site in Felixstowe, Suffolk, helping a forklift truck operator move a one-tonne sheet of marble from a container.   

The marble fell on the Extreme Handling worker, who sustained extensive crush injuries to his legs, a fractured sternum and severe lacerations to the back of his head. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the 15 August 2014 incident and found an unsafe system of work was used to move the load. 

At Ipswich Crown Court, GMA Warehousing and Transport pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety and Work Act. It was fined and ordered to pay costs of £9,938.

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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  • I thought it said they got

    Permalink Submitted by Mr captain on 18 May 2016 - 05:12 pm

    I thought it said they got fined 100,000 but only payed cost of just under 10 grand

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  • Hello Mr Captain, that's

    Permalink Submitted by Louis_Wustemann on 25 May 2016 - 01:47 pm

    Hello Mr Captain, that's right, the fine was £100,000 and the company was also ordered to pay an extra £9,938 for the cost of the HSE's investigation and legal advice.

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