Worker crushed by unstable panel board stack next to his workbench
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Global Displays, which designs and builds exhibition stands at its factory in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £1,180 costs after it admitted breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Worcester Magistrates' Court was told that, on 8 April 2017, an unstable stack of upright panels measuring 4 m x 1 m, as well as several smaller ones, toppled on to the employee. He sustained a dislocated shoulder and a fractured arm.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the company had failed to identify the risks from storing timber boards close to workbenches and a thoroughfare used by workers.
HSE inspector Alastair Mitchell said: "This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out a risk assessment in relation to the storage of display panel boards. This would have identified the risks from unsafe stacking and the need for appropriate control measures, such as a method for storing boards safely."