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Council fined following employee injury

6th March 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Powys County Council, in Wales, has been fined after an employee was injured in an incident at the organisation's public services’ depot in Ystradgynlais. The worker in question has since made a partial recovery, but suffered serious injuries to his left leg.

Andre Colamazza had been working with other employees to move several large concrete barriers, each weighing 2.5 tonnes and measuring three metres in length. They were using a telescopic handler for this job.

However, when one of the barriers was laid on its wooden bearers, it fell over and on to Mr Colamazza's leg, crushing it. The leg was fractured in three places, and the knee cap was shattered.

A subsequent investigation found that the barriers were being moved without a safe system of work having been put in place. No risk assessment had been performed, so the employees were unable to spot the warning signs of an accident.

Powys County Council pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay £13,528 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801700817-ADNFCR


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