Construction firm admits guilt after man suffers amputated foot
A London-based construction company has been hit with a five-figure fine after one of its employees suffered serious injuries following a workplace accident.
The 46-year-old man was installing interlocking metal sheets into the ground at an excavation site in Barry in February 2008 when his left foot became trapped.
Barry Magistrates' Court heard that the damage to the man's foot was so severe that he was forced to have it amputated.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the work had not been carried out safely, as the victim should not have been standing close to a metal pile while it was being lowered.
His employer, Morgan Est, admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined Ã‚Â£12,000 and ordered to pay costs of Ã‚Â£11,213.
HSE inspector Steve Richardson said: "The horrific injuries sustained in this case demonstrate the need for employers to have safe systems of working in place on site.
"This installation is fairly routine in the construction industry and there are plenty of examples of good practice this company should have followed."
The HSE urges construction firms to ensure they implement warning signs where necessary in order to fully protect their workers.
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