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Company boss fined after trainee breaks ankle

18th June 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

The head of a Hampshire firm has been hit with a fine after one of his young employees fractured his ankle in a workplace accident.

Andrew Baillie, general manager of Sub Surface Engineering, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Fareham Magistrates' Court.

The charge related to an incident on April 21st 2008, when a truck forklift extension and the steel plate it was moving fell on to the leg of a 17-year-old trainee.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the extension had not been properly secured and that Mr Baillie was not properly trained to drive the truck.

He was subsequently fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

"This case emphasises the responsibility that individual managers and staff have for the health and safety of their colleagues, particularly vulnerable young workers," said HSE inspector Tracey Cartwright.

"Adequate planning of the lifting operation and the use of suitable equipment would have avoided this injury to a young trainee."

Meanwhile, Federal Mogul was fined £10,000 recently after one of its workers severed the top of his finger while clearing a machine jam, underlining the importance of warning signs.

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