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Foundry in court after worker suffers multiple injuries

Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries 

A Derbyshire foundry has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries when he was hit by a steel bar weighing 1.6 tonnes.

The 61-year-old from Dronfield was working at the foundry when the nine-metre long bar, and the steel barrow it was travelling on, fell as it was being pushed from one part of the site to another by a tow truck.

He broke both legs and his pelvis, crushed his right foot and also damaged his left knee in the incident. He had to have three operations and was in hospital for ten weeks. He only recently returned to work at the company on a part-time basis.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the steel bar was not secured to the barrow, that the barrow had no brakes and that it was just being shunted by the truck rather than having a physical connection.

The company was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £16,419 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.


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