Workplace accident caused broken bones

Multiple injuries to lead to compensation claim 2762

Multiple broken bones suffered during an accident at work could lead to a man pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation.

The unnamed professional sustained two fractured legs, a broken pelvis, a crushed right foot and damage to his left knee when a huge steel bar hit him while he was working at a foundry owned by Padley & Venables in Dronfield, Derbyshire, in April 2011.

This incident occurred when the piece of metal - which was nine metres in length and weighed 1.6 tonnes - and the barrow it was travelling on fell on top of the worker while it was being pushed from one part of the premises to another by a tow truck.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the 61-year-old - who has only recently returned to work on a part-time basis - had to undergo three operations and was kept in hospital for a period of ten weeks.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the incident and established that the company had failed to make sure the bar was secured to the barrow.

Furthermore, the equipment being used to move the material had no brakes and the HSE found that the firm's overhead crane could not be used to move these bars safely because it had been moved elsewhere on the site.

During a case at Derby Crown Court, it emerged that Padley & Venables had not properly monitored whether or not these barrows were safe enough to move such equipment.

As such, the organisation was fined £60,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Fiona Coffey, inspector at the HSE, said: "The route being taken to bring long steel bars from the forge room to the saws meant passing in close proximity to employees working the saws. Reasonable precautions could and should have been taken to ensure their safe movement."

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