A well known bus manufacturing company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was injured by a steel platform which was being manoeuvred into position.
Fifty six year old Samuel Murray was employed by Alexander Dennis Ltd and was working in the welding bay, when the steel platform weighing almost 120kg slipped from a sling as it was being transported and hit Mr. Murray on the chin.
Mr. Murray required stitches to his chin wound and had to endure emergency dental treatment after the force of the blow broke four of his teeth. He was unable to return to work until ten weeks after the incident.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company had not carried out an adequate risk assessment on the transportation, handling and positioning of the steel bus platforms and employees had not received adequate training in how to carry out lifting operations on these heavy loads.
Alexander Dennis Ltd was fined £50,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act following a successful prosecution by the HSE.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the incident could easily have been prevented, had the company taken simple steps to identify any potential hazards involved in the task.