A Cheshire construction company has been prosecuted after one of their members of staff was crushed at work.
Andrew Dytiche, 23, was working for Edgemere Projects on a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when a pack of bricks fell on him. He suffered fatal crush injuries and passed away.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the death and found that the bricks weren’t stored correctly. The pallets holding the heavy materials were in poor condition and the bricks weren’t stacked safely.
Edgemere Projects pleaded guilty in court to breaching the Health and Safety Act and were fined £97,500 and ordered to pay £300,000 costs.
The HSE statement said, “This was a tragic accident which could have been prevented had the company ensured that materials on the site were stored and stacked safely.”
Edgemere Projects insists that they take health and safety seriously but they accept that they failed to keep Mr Dytiche safe at work.
All employers have a duty of care to their staff and contractors to keep them safe from accidents at work. It is their responsibility to ensure that you are equipped with the right clothing, tools and safety equipment so you can work without risk of injury. This includes making sure that the working environment is safe.
In this case, the way materials were stored was unsuitable and therefore highly dangerous. Had Edgemere Projects checked the condition of the pallets and the way bricks were being stacked, Andrew Dytiche may not have died.
If you ever feel that the area in which you’re working isn’t safe or you haven’t been given the right equipment to keep you safe in a hazardous area, then you have the right to refuse to work until your employer ensures your safety.
If in doubt, don’t do it. It’s okay to say that you don’t feel safe; your employer might even thank you if you point out something that could injure you or a colleague.
Matthew Tomlinson is a personal injury solicitor, specialising in work accident compensation claims at Slater and Gordon in Sheffield.
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