Lincoln company fined after worker injured after moving 96kg oven
Date: Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 11:18:40 BST
Topic: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) News


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies to have safe systems in place for manually handling heavy objects after a Lincoln worker suffered a severe groin injury while moving a 96 kilogram oven.

Catering equipment manufacturer Lincat Limited, of Whisby Road, Lincoln was fined £19,400 and ordered to pay £4,800 costs at Lincoln Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974*, and contravening two regulations of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992..

An oven assembler and his supervisor were both moving five pizza ovens, one at a time, from a waist-high assembly bench down to ankle-high pallets on the floor, without using any mechanical aids. The employees had not been made aware of how heavy the ovens were or how they should be moved safely, as a suitable risk assessment had not been carried out. The worker suffered a severe groin injury while moving one of the ovens.

HSE inspector Dr. Ian James Ellison said:

"Employers must ensure that this sort of work is properly planned to take account of health and safety risks, and that employees are made fully aware of the risks associated with manually handling objects. This includes knowing the weight of the load, considering any postural constraints of the lift and what equipment to use accordingly. These men were unaware that the weight of this product was more than 15 stone.

" One of the workers also needed almost nine weeks off work because of the incident, which highlights the severity of the injury and the need for a sufficient and suitable risk assessment to be conducted when any sort of manual handling is required."



*£13,400 of the fine was for Section 2 (3)

  1. Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: "...it shall be the duty of every employer to prepare and as often as may be appropriate revise a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that policy, and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all his employees."
  2. Regulation 4 (1) (b) (i) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) requires every employer to "make a suitable and sufficient assessment of all such manual handling operations to be undertaken by them," having regards to certain key factors.
  3. Regulation 4 (1) (b) (iii) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) requires every employer to "take appropriate steps to provide any of those employees who are undertaking any such manual handling operations with general indications and, where it is reasonably practicable to do so, precise information on the weight of each load and the heaviest side of any load whose centre of gravity is not positioned centrally.".
  4. For further information on how to assess manual handling risks visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/mac/index.htm.






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