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Worker has hand caught in crane

9th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Poor safety has been attributed as one of the main causes of an accident that caused severe damage to a worker’s left hand.

David Taylor from Swinton was working in Renold Power Transmission Ltd, in Stockport, when the incident occurred. He was using a crane to move heavy machinery weighing over 300kg, which was secured with several straps.

The equipment began to fall out of the straps as he moved it, and he raised his left arm to protect himself. It became caught in the straps and dragged into the hook of the crane.

The damage to his left hand caused Mr Taylor to lose his little finger, two-thirds of his middle and ring fingers, half of his thumb and the tip of his index finger.

Renold pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, when it was found that the company had not used lifting chains to move the equipment, despite manufacturing them. The firm was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,696.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801680417-ADNFCR


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