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Concrete company fined after worker suffers head injuries

Date:
18 October 2016

A concrete company in Ilkeston, has been fined a worker after a worker suffered head injuries.

Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Stanton Bonna Concrete Limited suffered head injuries when preparing to clean a concrete mixer.

This involved operators lying in the mixer to clean the discharge chute door, which discharges the mixed concrete into “hoppers” below. The lid was winched open and a steel prop inserted into the lid to “prop” it open.

As the lid was being winched, the wire rope snapped and the lid fell onto the workers head, crushing it between the lid and the mixer. The worker sustained a broken jaw requiring four screws put into his mouth to keep his jaw in place.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 23 December 2014, found that the winch and wire rope had not been inspected or maintained, and there was inadequate risk assessment.

HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said: “This incident was entirely preventable, had had Stanton Bonna Ltd fully assessed the risks associated with the task and maintained the wire rope. Furthermore, following the incident an alternative method of cleaning the mixer, which didn’t involve employees getting into it was adopted.”

Stanton Bonna Concrete Limited, of Littlewell Lane, Stanton by Dale, Ilkeston, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £270,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,248.10.

For further information on risk assessments visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/controlling-risks.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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
  2. Stanton Bonna Concrete Limited also pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 of the Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999 but were only fined against the health & safety act offence.
  3. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
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