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Wheel manufacturer fined after young worker injured

Date:
19 December 2017

A Kidderminster based manufacturer of specialist steel wheels has been fined, after a 23-year old employee suffered serious injuries to his leg.

Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 3 May 2016 the employee a, mechanical engineer at Titan Steel Wheels Limited (TSWL) was tasked with checking for leaks on the hydraulic power pack of metal–ring-stretching machine, at the company’s site in Kidderminster.

While he was checking the fittings on the power pack, one of them failed and hydraulic fluid was injected into his leg at high pressure. The man suffered life-threatening injuries, including a rupture to the main artery in his leg.

An investigation into this incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that TSWL failed to put in place the required safety measures to minimise the risk of injury when testing for leaks at high pressure.

Titan Steel Wheels Limited of Bridge Road, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The company has been fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,526.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Jan Willets said: “This was a serious life-threatening incident; in which the young worker was fortunate his injuries were not fatal.

“Employers and duty holders should ensure they have suitable measures in place to prevent injuries when employees are operating and testing machinery. Titan Steel Wheels failed to meet the required standards, and have paid the penalty for this today.”

 

Notes to Editors:

  1. 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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