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Worker crushed by half a tonne of MDF

27th June 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Specialist Joinery Projects Ltd, an Essex-based firm, has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after poor storage procedures led to an employee being crushed by boards of medium-density fibreboard (MDF).

The employee was selecting MDF boards from a stack, each one weighing around 30 kg. As he removed his fourth selection, another 15 of the boards toppled down on top of him. The MDF had a combined weight of half a tonne, and he suffered two collapsed lungs, a broken collarbone, five broken ribs and a gash to his head.

An investigation by the HSE found the boards were not secured in any way, but were simply leant against some racking. Inspector Kim Tichias said: "Simple and relatively inexpensive control measures, such as racking, would have prevented this incident."

Specialist Joinery Projects pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £598 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801731577-ADNFCR


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