13 December 2007
Firm fined after worker sustains serious hand injury
A company from the east Midlands has been fined following an incident in which a worker lost the use of his hand.
The accident occurred in April 2005 when Sebastien Marquet, a French agency worker employed by industrial storage and scaffolding systems specialist Travhydro, was installing and fixing panels on a mezzanine floor at a B&Q warehouse construction site.
While performing his role, he stepped on an unsecured wood panel and fell 6m. Upon impact with the ground, he broke his left jaw and hand and now has difficulty doing any manual work.
At a hearing in Nottingham Crown Court, Travhydro was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £21,406 after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches.
Meanwhile, FKI Logistex, which had sub-contracted the building of the mezzanine floor to Travhydro, was also fined, picking up a total bill of £36,496.