Youngster suffers broken leg in workplace accident
A manufacturing firm from Wolverhampton has been fined after one of its workers suffered a broken leg, it has been confirmed.
The 17-year-old Dranson Ltd employee was pushing a trolley containing steel into a warehouse in Bushbury on November 4th 2009 when about 700kg of the metal fell on to him.
He required several pins and plates in his leg as a result of the incident and his recovery was further delayed by a number of complications with the broken bones.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that the condition of the floor at the site was poor and that the trolley was not suitable for outside use.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,603 in costs.
"This was this young man's first job after leaving school and he suffered a nasty injury caused by a poorly-maintained work environment and unsuitable work equipment," said HSE inspector Amarjit Kalay.
"It is vital that when moving heavy items like this that the proper equipment and precautions are taken."
Last week, tool manufacturing firm CMA Tools was fined after one of its workers lost a finger in a metalworking lathe.
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