Man crushed by 1.5 tonne weight in work accident

Broken bones to lead to damages claim 2371

An engineer broke several bones in a recent workplace accident in Rotherham. The unnamed man suffered fractures to his back, ribs and shoulder when he was crushed by a 1.5 tonne weight while operating equipment at premises owned by Yorkshire Spin Galvanising in Rotherham.

Just before the accident happened, the engineer had been told to inspect a fault in one of the zinc galvanising machines by standing on a gantry, he did this and the counterweight fell on top of him.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no isolation system in place so the equipment could not be shut down quickly in the event of an emergency.

Denise Fotheringham of the HSE said, "This could easily have been a fatal accident considering the weight of the counterweight."

This comes after another work related accident in which Lynda Jackson had two fingers severed when her hand got caught in machinery at CBT Packaging in Basildon.

Posted by Francesca Witney

06/01/2012