Steel firm worker's injury underlines importance of safety signs
A UK steel firm has been fined £5,000 after one of its workers was injured at an East Cleveland factory, highlighting the importance of using the correct safety signs.
Corus UK Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after a man suffered leg injuries at the Skinningrove facility in May 2008.
The man was attempting to clear a jam in the production line when a lack of communication between his colleagues resulted in him being hit by moving machinery.
According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Bruno Porter, the incident could have been easily avoided.
He said: "Our investigations found that relaying instructions through another person was common practice on the mill floor, as radios were not always available and the noise in the factory made them hard to use.
"Despite the fact that clearing jams in machinery was a common operation, there was no record of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for this activity."
Corus UK was also ordered to pay costs of £5,074 after a hearing at Teesside Magistrates' Court, the HSE confirmed.
Last week, the HSE revealed that its inspectors will turn up unannounced at construction sites in the coming weeks to assess whether the correct procedures - such as the use of adequate safety signs - are being followed.
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