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Worker trapped by falling door was unconscious for hours

A manufacturer of disposable tissues, based in Worcestershire, has been sentenced for safety failings after an employee was almost killed when he was crushed between a door and a baling machine.

Two maintenance workers employed by Essential Supply Products were replacing the bottom of a heavy sectional door inside the company’s Malvern factory on 5 May 2015, Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard. 

They removed the hinges and brackets and this caused the door to collapse on one of the men, pinning him to a nearby baler. 

He lost consciousness for eight hours as a result of oxygen deprivation and also sustained broken ribs. He has made a full recovery since the accident.

The Health and Safety Executive found that the company’s managers did not recognise the risks posed by replacing the door section. The workers were not given appropriate equipment, instruction or training to ensure a safe system of work.

Essential Supply Products pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £20,000 and must also pay £2,714 in costs. 


Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine


  • so what about personal

    Permalink Submitted by steve paul on 10 August 2016 - 12:59 pm

    so what about personal responsibility? "maintenance workers" , surely even the most junior of said ilk would understand the principle of stored energy. Why can not individuals take a more pro active position on safety. it is as though they have a labotomy when they clock in


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