Half tonne of falling steel leads to personal injury at work

A half tonne of falling steel led to a serious personal injury at work for one machine operator whilst he went about the course of his duties at a Hertfordshire engineering firm.

The unnamed thirty nine year old man had been employed by Viking Johnson, a pipe coupling manufacturer located in Hertfordshire on Wilbury Way, Hitchin, at the time of the accident.  According to personal injury solicitors familiar with the case, the man was injured when two large steel flange ring pipe connectors fell on to him from an overhead storage rack.

The two pipe connectors – which weigh more than one-half tonne combined – fell squarely on the man’s pelvis.  The incident saw the man sustaining numerous fractures and horrendous internal injuries that necessitated a hospital stay of six weeks.  The man then spent an additional six weeks recuperating at home prior to being discharged from hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive wasted no time in launching an investigation into the incident.  The HSE discovered that the manner of racking that had been used for the flange rings’ storage compromised the safety of the manufacturer’s employees due to its unsuitability.

After a successful prosecution by the HSE, parent company Crane Ltd of West Road, Ipswich, entered a plea of guilty for being in breach of Health and Safety regulations at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court.  The company was assigned a fine of £25,000 and additionally ordered to pay court costs of £3,387.25.

No information is currently available regarding whether the unnamed man is considering the filing of a personal injury compensation claim against his former employer.  However official statistics reveal that those employees that do sustain serious personal injuries whilst on the job through no fault of their own often go on to make such compensation claims against their employer firms.

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