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Surrey firm fined after hoist accident

14th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A building materials firm, based in Surrey, has been fined after a 400kg piece of track fell on an employee’s legs.

The accident happened when the track was lifted up with a hoist so the area underneath it could be cleaned.

The hoist jammed, and the worker in question was trying to free it when the hook gave way and dropped the track on his legs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ruled that the firm had not adequately maintained the hoist, ignoring warning signs of its wear and tear.

There was also no system of work in place for what to do when the hoist broke down. The firm was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £10,043 costs.

HSE Inspector Karl Howes said: “All machinery must be maintained regularly to ensure it is safe to work with. It is not enough to rely on reactive maintenance and only fix things when they go wrong.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801660512-ADNFCR


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