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A concrete production company has been fined £400,000 after a welder lost four fingers during an unsafe lifting operation.
On 27 September 2016, a welder from Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd, suffered injuries to his hand at the company’s Kings Cross site.
The injury was inflicted when a forklift that was being used to lift a large metal gate was attached to the truck by a chain, with an ‘O-ring’ slotted onto the forklift’s truck tines. As the gate was being lifted, it slipped off the tines and fell to the floor, slicing off the welder’s four fingers.
No precautions were taken to prevent it from sliding off.
The HSE’s investigation found that Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited did not properly plan and supervise the lifting operation to ensure it was carried out in a safe manner.
HSE Inspector, Jane Wolfenden, stated that “the use of forklift truck, chain and O-ring was unsafe, putting workers at unnecessary risk. This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply having a competent person plan a safe lifting operation and providing adequate supervision to ensure the lifting operation was carried out safely.
“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.
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