29 April 2008
Employee sustains serious head injury from falling object
A worker has suffered a serious injury to his head after a lump of sandstone struck him after falling from a height of around six metres.
The employee was operating a power-operated machine in a West Midlands quarry when the accident happened in March last year.
He was not wearing any protective headwear when he was hit.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Ian Williamson said: "It [is] obvious that workers should wear suitable head protection in an environment where there are large, heavy, materials swiftly moving along at high level."
As a result of the incident, Wildmoor Quarry Products - a supplier of foundry and building sands - was ordered to pay £5,000 plus costs of £3,520 during a hearing at Bromsgrove and Redditch magistrates' court.
The company had previously pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules.