Friday 21 February 2014

Poor lifting practices causes loss of 2 toes

Alumasc Precision Ltd, a Northamptonshire engineering firm has been fined over £16,000 (inc. costs) after a worker sustained a serious foot injury when lifting equipment failed.
The circumstances were:
  • A 400kg die that was being transported across a tool room on 18 May 2012.
  • Although the top half of the die was secured to the crane by eye bolts, the bottom half was secured only by a G-clamp. 
  • As it was being moved, the bottom half fell away and struck the worker on the left foot.
  • Two of his toes, including his big toe, were so severely injured they had to be amputated. 
  • The incident could have been prevented with the use of a robust strap fitted across both halves of the die to prevent the two halves from becoming detached.

The HSE Inspector  said:
“This employee has suffered a severe and needless injury that could have been avoided if the right accessories had been used. Companies must adequately plan and organise all lifting operations – including consideration of the lifting accessories that are being used, and assessments on how lifts are carried out.”

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