Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 23

INDUSTRYNEWS powder coating firm in court after workers hand injury A Bedfordshire-based powder coating firm has been fined after an employee suffered serious hand injuries when lifting equipment failed at the company premises in Leighton Buzzard. The worker, who does not wish to be named, was struck by metal items after a basket and cradle fell whilst being lifted by crane into a degreasing tank. The incident, on 26 September 2012, happened when a lifting eyebolt attached to the crane failed. The cradle struck his right hand resulting in broken bones, lacerations, and damage to nerves and tendons. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard on 10 March that DT Powder Coating Ltd – now trading as XL Powder Coating Ltd – failed to report the injury incident within the 15-day period specified by law. However, after it happened, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received three separate complaints from current and previous employees, which resulted in HSE serving four Improvement Notices on the company. A subsequent HSE investigation identified serious shortcomings in the way lifting operations were carried out at the firm’s factory on the Commerce Way Industrial Estate. None of the lifting accessories had been tested to ensure they were safe, employees had not received any training, and there was no system of work to ensure that lifting operations were carried out safely. The eyebolt in question should have been screwed securely into the framework at the top of the basket, but instead was poorly welded into place. The weld eventually failed causing the basket to drop. ‘The cradle struck his right hand resulting in broken bones’ DT Powder Coating Ltd, registered at High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, was fined a total of £36,000 and ordered to pay £10,509 costs after being found guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. For more information and guidance about how to prevent injuries when carrying our lifting procedures visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/workequipment-machinery/loler. htm To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com ReCEIVE M RE SUPPORT WITH POLYmER INN VATIONS Get more from the white coats or join in the conversation on Twitter #THEREHAULAB APR 2014 23