A manufacturer from Wakefield has been fined after a worker was lucky to survive when he was crushed by window panes.
Wood Green Crown Court heard that on 8 August 2014 three workers were manually moving large glazing units so they could be installed at a new supermarket at The Leisure Plaza in Milton Keynes. Four or five of the window panes, weighing at least 800kg, fell forwards crushing one of the workers.
The 28 year-old father received life changing injuries including fractures to both sides of his pelvis and right leg, broken ribs and a collapsed lung; and serious facial injuries including fractures to both eye sockets, his nose and both cheek bones. He spent a month in hospital and has never been able to return to similar work.
The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had been contracted to design, manufacture and install the large windows but had not provided equipment for or clear instructions to the workers on how to move panels when necessary.
The instructions the workers did receive was deficient. There was also inadequate monitoring of the workers who were carrying out the installation on site, which failed to identify the way in which work was actually being undertaken.
MTW Architectural Limited, Waldorf Way, Wakefield, were found guilty of breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and were fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £56,000 after a four week trial.
HSE Inspector Stephen Manley said: “This worker is lucky to be alive. Poor planning and the inability to provide workers with equipment and clear instructions nearly left his son without his father. When planning construction work, contractors must ensure all reasonably foreseeable circumstances are considered and planned for.”
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/
- HSE news releases are available at