A galvanising firm was sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker suffered severe injuries.
The injured worker, Mr Ali Zada suffered fractures to his left leg and foot in June 2015 when the lifting wires that were tied around the bundle of mesh panels he was lifting with an overhead crane snapped on one side, causing the mesh panels to swing down and strike his leg, knocking him to the floor.
The mesh panels were of a size that meant they had to be turned and double dipped into the molten zinc tank resulting in the ties becoming brittle following the galvanisation process.
The court heard that there had been previous incidents of loads falling from overhead cranes where the wire ties had not been tied properly to the workpieces being moved and had become loose. Employees had not been instructed about the safe working load limits of the wire ties or the number of the safe methods of tying the wires.
T & D Galvanising Ltd of Bowling Back Lane Bradford pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £9,000 with £1379 costs at Bradford Magistrates Court.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Andrea Jones commented: “No checks were made to ensure that employees were aware and understood that wire ties should not be re-used after being dipped into the zinc tank.
“This accident could have had fatal consequences. Mr Zada was fortunate not to have received more serious injuries. This demonstrates the importance of planning lifting operations and training of employees to ensure safe methods are followed.”
Notes to Editors:
- 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
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
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