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The apprentice was working alongside an experienced mechanic at Central England Municipals replacing air suspension bags beneath a 39,000 kg trailer, Birmingham Magistrates' Court was told.
The air suspension bag was still under pressure and it ejected sideways, striking the apprentice on the head.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had not carried out a risk assessment or implemented a safe system of work, and had failed to ensure its employees were properly trained and monitored so they could carry out their work safely.
Central England Municipals pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and has been fined £20,000 plus costs of £921.
HSE inspector Christopher Maher said: "If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented."
The executive has published a new web guide that it hopes will prevent employers from investing in generalised training courses for lifting after research found they were ineffective in controlling manual handling risks at work.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court was told that the accident happened while the vehicle was being moved to a different part of the site on 29 January 2016. The 67-year-old maintenance worker was trying to lift one of the corner support legs when the rear part of the caravan fell on him.It was quickly lifted off him and he sustained no serious injuries. Park Resorts, which owns 71 holiday parks after it merged with holiday firm Parkdean Resorts in 2015, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act at a hearing last September.
Andrew Hill will be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 11 people who were killed when the Hawker Hunter jet he was flying smashed into a section of the busy A27 road after a loop-the-loop stunt went wrong on 22 August 2015. Hill, 53, will also be charged with endangering an aircraft under Art 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009, which states “a person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft”.
The incident happened at around 8.15pm on 15 October 2013, about 6.4 km south west of Gloucester station on the railway line from Newport via Lydney. The Direct Rail Services-operated freight train was travelling at 111 kph when the rear wheelset of the last wagon derailed on track that had regularly spaced dips in both rails.
The postal company has been fined £1.6m over the incident – its largest ever amount for a safety offence. According to a Communication Workers Union (CWU) press release, the worker was struck by a 7.5 tonne large goods vehicle on 12 December 2014. He was knocked unconscious and sustained multiple serious injuries, including a fractured jaw and several broken ribs. Isleworth Crown Court was told that the London Borough of Hounslow, which brought the prosecution, found a series of failures by Royal Mail.