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October 28, 2021

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Manufacturing firm fined after employee crushed

A vehicle manufacturing company has been fined after an employee became trapped and suffered crush injuries whilst unloading a chassis from a delivery vehicle.

Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee became trapped between the trolley holding the chassis and a parked vehicle when the delivery vehicle moved.

The HSE’s investigation into the incident, which occurred on 18 April 2018, found that the company did not have a safe system of work for unloading chassis. The risks should have been controlled by offloading the chassis using a forklift truck or implementing a formalised system of work to safely unload them by hand.

Morgan Motor Company Manufacturing Limited of Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £60,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Elizabeth Thomas said: “A safe system of work should have been in place and this shows that even large, well-established companies can get things wrong”.

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