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Bolton firm fined after worker hit by steel beam

20th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Bolton recycling firm has been fined after an employee had a six-metre steel beam land on his leg in an accident that “could have been avoided”.

The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was standing next to a forklift truck that was lifting a steel beam that weighed over 100kg.

The work had not been planned properly, and as a result the beam fell onto the worker’s left leg. He suffered from a fractured ankle, a deep cut to his shin, and bruising and swelling to his leg and foot.

J Doyle Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,500.

Emily Osborne, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “The firm should never have allowed a long steel beam, weighing over 100kg, to be lifted on a forklift truck in this dangerous way. The work was not planned and the risks ignored.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801662751-ADNFCR


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