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Severe elbow injuries that left a man unable to work could lead to him pursuing a claim for compensation.
Justo Llerena has not been able to work since an accident at a premises owned by double-glazing manufacturing firm Cleargaze in Bedford caused him life-changing injuries.
The 60-year-old man was working with a colleague to attach a hook on a pendant crane to the top of an A frame to enable them to lift two large sheets of glass.
However, the pair were both hurt when the A frame fell over, leading the panes of glass to crash down on top of them.
The other man, who wishes to remain anonymous, sustained serious cuts to his index finger and had to take ten weeks off work due to the severity of his injuries, but Mr Llerena's suffered severe lacerations to his arm and elbow and required surgery on the affected part of his body.
An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Clearglaze failed to adequately protect the wellbeing of its employees by not ensuring that the A frame was properly secured in place.
For instance, the watchdog noted that had a bracket been fitted to a wall to keep the platform steady, the incident that resulted in Mr Llerena and his colleague getting injured would never have happened.
As such, in a subsequent case heard at Bedford Magistrates' Court, the company was found guilty of breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations Act 1998 and was therefore issued with a fine of £5,000.
Karl Howes, inspector at the HSE, commented: "This was a serious incident leading to Mr Llerena suffering painful, life-changing injuries and his colleague also being badly injured. It was also avoidable."
Mr Howes went on to say that any work involving the lifting of sheets of glass must be suitably planned beforehand.
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