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Steel manufacturing firm fined for work injury claim

A steel firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee suffered a work injury claim when a process tank weighing three tonnes fell on him.

Edward Baxter aged 29, was working for Wefco Ltd, Gainsborough in March 2008 when the work injury claim occurred.

The process tank was being lifted by an overhead crane that was using chains and a temporary lifting bracket that had been welded to the tank. As the tank was being lifted the bracket came off the tank and caused it to fall on to Mr Baxter, causing his injuries.

Edward, suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis, spine and ribs. He also sustained a fractured ankle, leg and head injuries.

Wefco Ltd of Gainsborough, were fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to ensure the safety of the twenty nine year old employee.

The steel manufacturing firm were fined £15,000 and made to pay £5,000 costs when they pleaded guilty to contravening section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Steve Wood, an inspector for the HSE said: “This was an incident that resulted in very serious injuries to a young man which could have been even worse. His injuries could have been avoided had a safe system of work been followed.

“Employers need to ensure that difficult lifting operations are planned beforehand and that correct lifting equipment is being used.

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