Green Marine Ltd in Southampton was moving to new premises and had left the old premises in an untidy state. When an employee as part of a team was sent to remove a spray booth for transporta- tion to the new premises a serious accident occurred.
The work involved use of an overhead crane to lift doors after the hinges were removed, but in order to remove the hinges ladders were used. It transpired the ladder used by the employee was not high enough so a scissor lift was manoeuvred. This knocked a shelf, hitting a piece of timber, which then fell onto the employee who sustained a fractures to his leg in four places.
The HSE stated the accident could have been avoided if a risk assessment had been carried out, the work had been planned and the company monitored the activity. Added to this was the fact the employee who moved the scissor lift had not been trained in how to do so.
The company was fined £26,666 and ordered to pay costs of £6163 for it’s ‘oversight’ in it’s proce- dures.
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