Company fined £20K after worker nearly dies due to crush injury

Published: 11 Aug 2016

Essential Supply Products Limited, were fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £2,714.10 in costs after a work place accident almost resulted in a fatality.

Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 5 May 2015, two maintenance workers were replacing the bottom of a heavy sectional door at the factory. While removing the hinges and brackets the door collapsed, pinning one of the workers between it and a baler that was next to the door.

The worker suffered serious injuries including broken ribs and asphyxiation which led to a lost of consciousness for eight hours. He has since made a full recovery.

The company pleaded guilty to offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Significant findings which were identified during the HSE investigation uncovered that management failed to identify the risks associated with the task or implement a safe system of work. In addition, no appropriate equipment or staff training was provided to employees.

This tragic accident would have been avoided if a suitable risk assessment and safe system of work had been devised and implemented.

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