An engineering firm in Staffordshire has been sued after an employee was crushed under a vehicle he was working on in an accident at work.
Hydraline Engineering Ltd, an engineering firm that specialise in modifying constructions machinery, were prosecuted when forty six year old employee, Mark Palmer died after being crushed by a piece of machinery he was working under.
Mark was working under a wheel loader’s arm when the hydraulic system failed causing the arm to fall and mortally crush him against the frame of the vehicle.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) started an investigation into the accident at work and found that Hydraline Engineering Ltd hadn’t provided Mr Palmer with the correct training into risks when working with hydraulic machinery and they also found that he has to pick up training and knowledge while working on the jobs he was supplied with.
In court Hydraline Engineering Ltd were found guilty of breaking the Health and Safety at work regulations act and ordered to pay £40,000 compensation and £20,000 in legal costs.