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Bootle firm fined after man breaks both legs in work incident

Date:
20 April 2015

Hy-Ten Limited has been fined £13,000 after two tonnes of steel rebar being moved by crane fell onto a worker, breaking both of his legs.

HSE prosecuted the company after investigating the circumstances of the incident in January 2014 at Hy-Ten’s factory in Bridle Road, Bootle.

At Sefton Magistrates Court, Hy-Ten pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The company was fined £13,000 and must pay almost £7,000 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge. HSE’s case was that the task gave rise to substantial risks which should have been identified in a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, embodied a safe system of work and implemented with appropriate training.

This guidance (which is free to download) provides further information on safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock.

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
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  3. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 says that “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees.”

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