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Serious injury at glass manufacturing company

Date:
23 June 2015

A glass company and a ventilation system engineer have both been fined after a contractor sustained life threatening injuries.

The injured person was one of three contractors who had started to dismantle an industrial box oven at the premises when the incident took place.

The injured person was standing on the roof of the oven when he stumbled and fell from the top of the oven, landing on the ground. His injuries were so severe he was put in an induced coma by paramedics at the scene. He sustained a number of injuries, namely a fractured neck, sternum, skull, and collarbone and has permanently lost the sight in his right eye. He has not returned to work since the accident.

The injured person was an employee of Neil Shield (trading as Shield Ventilation Services) who was contracted to undertake the work at Peterlee Glass Company Limited.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the dismantling work had not been properly planned by the contractor, and the control of contractors by the glass company was inadequate.

Peterlee Glass Company Limited, of Lister Road, North West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were fined £1,500 with costs of £1,131 at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court today (23 June)

Neil Shield of Dumpling Hall, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £3,500 with costs of £1,080.

Notes to Editors

  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. hse.gov.uk
  2. Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health and safety.
  3. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “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 his employees.”
  4. Further HSE news releases are available at hse.gov.uk/press

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