An engineering firm has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after an employee suffered a serious head injury whilst assembling a steel frame.
Magistrates heard that the worker, who was employed by Quantum Engineering Developments Ltd., was injured when a steel frame he was assembling came off two supporting battens and fell onto him pinning his head to the floor.
As a result of the incident, the employee suffered both a fractured skull and nerve damage.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators discovered that the company did not have a safe system of work or risk assessments in place.
Quantum Engineering also failed to provide its workers with the necessary training regarding the risks of working below heavy equipment. The company was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £1,600.
Following the conviction, HSE inspector Alastair Mitchell said: “This case highlights the importance of assessing risks in assembly work and the need to ensure safe systems of work when carrying out tasks below heavy components.
“Quantum Engineering Developments Limited failed to assess the risks and had not instructed their employees about safe systems of work to be used. This failure led to an employee being seriously injured.”
Samantha Randall, a Solicitor who specialise in employment law, said: “Such cases serve as important reminders to ensure that all employees are provided with guidance on safe methods of working. Such guidance, in tandem with a comprehensive risk assessment, should be documented and provided to all employees, including new or agency workers.”
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