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Firm fined after worker injured when he was struck by falling steel framework

Date:
7 January 2016

A Warrington company who install plumbing, heating and air conditioning have been fined after an employee suffered serious injury when a steel framework (known as a matrix) fell on him.

Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court heard how the J L J Holdings limited were installing new pipe matrixes at Corr-Board UK Ltd, Normanby Enterprise Park, Waldo Way, Scunthorpe, DN15 9GE. An employee suffered head and leg injuries when the matrixes (being lifted by a fork lift truck) fell from the forks and struck him.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 21 May 2014 found there was no suitable or sufficient risk assessment, method statement or lifting plan for the task. There was poor planning and supervision.

J L J Holdings Limited, of Yew Tree Way, Warrington, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £919.

For further information on equipment and machinery visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/planning-organising-lifting-operations.htm

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