A Midlands-based steel supplier has today been fined after a 35-year old worker was struck and crushed by an overhead coil.
Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 8 November 2016, the worker was delivering a steel coil to the CSJ Coil site in Dudley. It was lifted on to an overhead crane when the coil slipped and crushed the worker below. The employee suffered life-changing injuries to both legs which later required surgical intervention to amputate his left leg.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that CSJ Coil Trading Limited failed to implement a safe system of work for unloading operations and lifting operations at its site. It was also found the company failed to manage the risks associated with lifting steel coils overhead of workers.
CSJ Coil Trading Limited of Sovereign Works, Deepdale Lane, Dudley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (the Act) an offence under Section 33(1) of the Act. The company is in administration and has been fined £1 and ordered to pay costs of £1,745.60.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Helen Chesworth said: “This incident could have easily been prevented had the company implemented a safe system of work for this work activity.
“Dutyholders have a responsibility to properly plan and manage risks associated with dangerous work activities such as unloading and lifting of steel coils. The worker in this case has suffered unnecessary life changing injuries as a result of the company’s failings.”
Notes to Editors:
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We 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. hse.gov.uk
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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