Company Fined After Apprentice Breaks Leg
Date: 23rd June 2015 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Health and Safety
Stoke-on-Trent based company Site Hire Services Ltd has been fined for safety failings after an Apprentice broke his leg whilst working.
On 28th March 2014, another Employee was working on the fabrication of a large steel structure called an ‘angle plate’. To help hold a 800kg steel sheet in place, the Employee attempted to attach a temporary lifting channel to keep the steel sheet in an upright position. He asked the 16-year-old apprentice to assist him. While the Apprentice was standing next to the steel sheet it became unstable and fell, landing on his leg and breaking it.
The HSE concluded that the company could have prevented the incident occurring by planning the fabrication task better and by having better control measures in place, including adequate training and supervision.
Site Hire Services Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 3(1) and was fined £6,000 with £2,232.98 in costs.
This incident highlights to Employers the importance of ensuring that Apprentices are properly supervised whilst in hazardous areas or conducting hazardous work. Especially if they fall into the Young People category or are new to the industry/company.