21 November 2007
Companies warned after worker loses use of hand
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to employers following an incident in which a worker lost the use of his hand.
Aggregate Industries UK, a producer and supplier of various products used in construction, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 in Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaches of equipment and lifting regulations.
The accident occurred in December 2006 when Glen Whitelock from Market Harborough was cleaning out a cement mixer at the company's cement works. During this process, the hook securing the lid failed and his hand was subsequently crushed.
Commenting on the injury, HSE inspector Elizabeth Hornsby said: "This was an entirely avoidable accident which resulted in man losing the use of one of his hands."
Injuries that occur as a result of poorly-maintained equipment remain a significant problem in the UK and companies must conduct regular inspections and maintenance in order to protect staff, she added.