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Car firm fined after head injury

3rd May 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The importance of safety signs in the workplace has been recently illustrated, as a car firm has been fined after an employee suffered fatal head injuries.

A 55-year-old man from Essex was working as an engineering and maintenance manager for car mat manufacturer Cannon Automotive Limited in Tottenham when the incident occurred on May 28th 2008, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

He suffered head injuries when a heavy steel fabrication barrier fell on him, and died as a result of the incident.

Cannon Automotive Limited pleaded guilty and was fined £20,000, while being commanded to pay £13,000 in extra costs.

HSE Inspector Neil Fry said: "Maintenance is a process that affects every aspect of safety and health and when a tragedy such as this occurs it demonstrates the importance of planning when carrying out maintenance work."

A scaffolding company in Bristol was recently fined £3,000 in addition to costs of £1,000 after one of its workers was killed after falling from a temporary roof.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800517079-ADNFCR


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