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Glossop metal manufacturer in court over crane injuries

3rd October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A metal manufacturer in Glossop has appeared in court after a worker was injured when struck by a container attached to an overhead crane.

Firth Rixson Metals has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its Shepley Street factory on June 23rd 2012.

Burton Magistrates' Court heard the worker does not want to be named and was using an overhead travelling crane to lift an open-sided container.

HSE inspector Edward Walker said: "An employee at Firth Rixson suffered a serious injury to his leg, but it could easily have been a lot worse. The company failed to properly plan the lift, and regularly used a combination of work equipment that was not suitable."

The HSE discovered two plate clamps had been used in diagonally opposite corners of the stillage, meaning it became unstable when it was lifted.

Firth Rixson Metals was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £7,024 after the incident. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801645387-ADNFCR


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