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A removal man who was employed by White & Co could launch a compensation claim after he broke his leg in a work accident.
Ian Barnard, 28, was working as part of a three-man team, moving equipment from Bedford to Northampton for a motor spares company, when a steel fly press weighing 75 kg fell on him and broke his leg.
The injured removal man was in a plaster for three months after being treated in hospital and was made redundant by the firm shortly after the accident.
A subsequent Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Mr Barnard was not provided with adequate training to carry weights this heavy. Additionally, White & Co had failed to properly assess risks that movers would face in their day-to-day routine.
The removals company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,524 in costs at Bedford Magistrates court after pleading guilty to two health and safety breaches.
HSE inspector Karl Howes said, "Manual handling is everyday practice in the removals industry. In order to prevent work accident injuries from happening, employees should have sufficient manual handling training and there should be appropriate health and safety management arrangements in place."
Posted by Francesca Witney
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