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The Symmetry Medical Sheffield employee had one finger amputated and sustained impact damage to another.
Sheffield Magistrates' Court was told that the injured worker was using a pedestrian pallet truck to move a hardness tester -- equipment that measures the hardness of metal -- when the accident happen on 8 August 2016.
The machine was resting on a stand that did not have suitable channels for the truck's forks. As the worker lifted the stand, the machine toppled and struck the worker's hand.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the worker had not been trained how to operate the truck.
Symmetry Medical Sheffield, trading as Tecomet, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £275,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,237.
"The risks of loads falling from listing equipment when not properly attached or secured in place are well known," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Anuja Mistry-Raval.
A waste operative for B&W Waste Management Services sustained third-degree burns when he was engulfed in a fireball created when a spark from a forklift truck ignited a cloud of gas from the canisters. He was put in a medically-induced coma for ten days on a life-support machine, has undergone several operations, and relies on medication for nerve pain. The forklift driver was also burned.
Woodlands Homecare pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £233,334 with £21,620 costs at Leeds Magistrates’ Court. The driver of a sideloader forklift was unloading a delivery wagon on 23 July 2012 when he struck and killed the worker, the court was told.Health and Safety Executive inspector Rachel Brittain said the accident was “caused by the failure of the company to implement the findings of their own transport plan”.
Gaskells (North West) and its director Jonathan Gaskell were sentenced both for their part in the death of Polish national Zbigniew Galka in 2010, and for continuing to operate the baler unsafely for up to five years after the fatality.A joint Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Merseyside Police investigation found that the 39-year-old worker was able to get into the machine at Gaskells (North West) site in Bootle on 23 December 2010 without switching off and isolating the machine.
JS Wood and Son, which owns Wragmire Bank Farm in Cumwhinton, Cumberland, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £7,310 costs. The accident happened on 26 January 2017 when one of the farm’s employees walked out of the calf shed on to the thoroughfare. He sustained fatal head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Aylesbury Crown Court was told last week that the ballistic separator, which separates organic and inorganic waste, had not been isolated from the power supply when cleaner Rafal Swiadek, 42, climbed into the top level. The machine was switched on from the control room and he was fatally injured.