Steel firm fined after three-tonne process tank hits worker
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
A steel firm has been fined £15,000 after a three-tonne process tank fell on an employee at its Gainsborough base, highlighting the importance of health and safety signage.
The Wefco Ltd worker was hit by the process tank when it was being lifted with an overhead crane, chains and a temporary lifting bracket in March 2008, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
The lifting bracket, which was welded onto the tank, came off, causing the heavy container to fall.
Multiple spine, pelvis and rib fractures, head injuries and a fractured leg and ankle were suffered by the 29-year-old man.
The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching a section of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
"This was an incident that resulted in very serious injuries to a young man which could have been even worse. His injuries could have been avoided had a safe system of work been followed," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Steve Woods.
"An incident like this demonstrates how vital it is that safe working procedures are communicated to and understood by people who carry out such lifting tasks."
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