Crane overturned 'when worker failed to activate warning signs'
One of Europe's largest manufacturers has been fined £100,000 after one of its workers was injured when a crane he was operating overturned.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that the Corus UK crane had been fitted with 'safe working load' alarms and warning signs after concerns were raised about its stability.
However, the worker had not been trained on using them and when the crane became overloaded at Aldwarke Steel Works on September 4th 2008, he did not activate the signs.
Although the employee only suffered minor injuries, Corus was fined and ordered to pay £9,908.50 in costs after pleading guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
"This is a serious health and safety breach by a company that globally employs tens of thousands of people which could easily have led to people being killed," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Geoff Clark.
"[The] hearing highlights the importance of having an effective system in place for managing health and safety to stop easily avoidable incidents."
Earlier this month, Corus was also fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,074 in costs after one of its workers suffered leg injuries in a collision with moving machinery.
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