Personal injury at work incidents lead to HSE prosecutions

Personal injury solicitors may be interested to read about two recent prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

In the first case, which involved a worker suffering a fatal personal injury at work, a Somerset firm and a man from Wiltshire were found guilty of breaching Health and Safety regulations and fined £27,500 and £1,500 respectively.

The case surrounded the events leading up to the death of 28-year-old Neal Webber. Mr Webber died while carrying out maintenance work on a limestone fines hopper at Whatley Quarry. As he was removing material from inside the hopper, the material collapsed and he was buried under several 12 tons of dust.

The second incident took place at Tata Steel UK Ltd in Workington. Two employees were repairing a warehouse door when the supporting pillar gave way, injuring both of them.

Both workers sustained badly broken legs in the accident and Anthony Ryecroft, aged 51, received injuries to his head and shoulder that kept him away from work for 15 months. The two men are now considering lodging a claim for personal injury compensation.

Tata Steel UK Ltd was fined £13,300 plus costs of £11,631 after it admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Mike Griffiths who investigated the incident on behalf of the HSE said the two workers suffered major injuries because their employer did not have adequate safety measures in place. To keep employees safe, companies should conduct a thorough risk assessment and provide back-up equipment for use in the case of an emergency.

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