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Worker injured after lorry falls off jack

20th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stephens

A Hull-based firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a seven-tonne lorry fell onto a worker’s spine, cracking two vertebrae and leaving him unable to work for three months.

The employee was fitting a brake chamber to the rear of the vehicle, which was supported by a single jack. Another mechanic was working in the cab of the lorry and turned the engine on. The vehicle slipped off the jack and trapped the employee underneath.

The HSE found that barely any safety measures had been taken to prevent such an accident. No risk assessment had been carried out, safety signage displayed or safe working practice established.

ABR Rescue Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The firm was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,760 costs.

HSE inspector Dr Nicholas Tosney said: “The precautions that should be taken are well-known in the industry and if the company had fulfilled its duty of care, then a young worker would have been spared a serious injury.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801683893-ADNFCR


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