23 September 2008
Worker injury results in fine for company
An injury sustained by an employee has resulted in a company incurring a fine, it has emerged.
During a recent hearing at Hartlepool magistrates' court, Corus UK - a firm which claims to be Europe's second-largest producer of steel - was ordered to pay £15,000 plus costs of £6,248 after pleading guilty to contravening health and safety regulations.
The prosecution relates to an incident that occurred in April 2007 and saw a worker suffer a broken leg and injuries to his back.
He has been using a remote controlled electro-magnetic crane to life a raft of steel beams.
One of the metal beams, however, became snagged on the side of a building and fell from the crane, hitting the operator and leaving him unable to work for several months.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Bruno Porter said: "The problems with magnetic cranes were well known at Corus and an alternative way of working should have been found."