An engineering company has been fined after an employee was seriously injured during a welding operation.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on 17 November 2014, an employee of The Angle Ring Co Limited was seriously injured after a two and a half tonne steel cylinder fell from rotating machinery, crushing his leg and causing multiple fractures. He was welding the large cylinder that was being rotated on a set of floor mounted rotators. As the work progressed, the cylinder crept off the rollers and fell towards the worker causing his injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a number of workers carried out similar welding operations using rotators but the company had not properly considered the risks associated with this work.
The Angle Ring Co Limited of Bloomfield Road in Tipton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees.
The company was fined £390,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,001.03.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Jonathan Jones said: “It is essential for employers to safeguard the health and safety of their employees through a proper consideration of the risks associated with work and to put in place measures to prevent or control that risk.”
Notes to Editors:
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk
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