A Hampshire boat building company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered multiple fractures in an accident at work.
Fifty nine year old Stephen Thompson, from Southampton, was employed by boat builders Green Marine Ltd and was helping the company close down a factory at the Spitfire Quay, in Southampton, in preparation for a re-location to new premises.
Mr. Thompson was standing on some steps inside the factory and working at a height of roughly three metres, when suddenly a nearby scissor lift dislodged a piece of timber which collided with the steps, sending Mr. Thompson plummeting to the ground.
Mr. Thompson suffered serious personal injury in the fall, fracturing his leg in four places, an injury which kept him off work for a period of ten months; he now walks with a limp and has been told that he could suffer with severe arthritis in the future, due to the nature of his injuries.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that managers at the company had failed to plan the closure of the factory effectively. They had not ensured that the correct type of equipment was being used nor had they made sure that employees were properly trained for the work involved.
Green Marine Ltd, of Hythe Marine Park, Shore Road, Hythe, in Hampshire, was fined £26,666 and ordered to pay a total of £6,163 in court costs after admitting two breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.