A Buckinghamshire company, who manufacture farm machinery, have been prosecuted, after an employee’s leg was crushed by a farm trailer chassis.
Waldemar Makowski, from Aylesbury, who was forty two at the time of the incident, was building a trailer at the Haddenham plant of K Two Sales Ltd.
Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr. Makowski was trying to move the chassis using a fork-lift truck equipped with a draw-bar, when it toppled from its support and fell onto his left leg.
The worker suffered multiple fractures in the accident and his leg was so badly crushed, that it took him several months to recover and return to work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the company did not have an adequate system in place to facilitate the support and moving of heavy objects and they had not considered the risk of the chassis falling.
K Two Sales Ltd, of Station Road, in Haddenham, was prosecuted by the HSE and fined £16,000 after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
Since the accident the company has re-designed the draw-bar, so it now includes an integral supporting leg.