Nottinghamshire company fined after two workers are injured

Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) on 2009-04-21 14:24:39

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding employers of their duties to the safety of staff following two incidents in Mansfield where employees at the same company suffered serious injuries within weeks of each other. Mansfield-based SDC Trailers Ltd were fined £3,300 and SDC Parts and Services Ltd were fined £2,600, both were ordered to pay costs of £1,824.60 at Mansfield Magistrates Court today, Wednesday 8 April, after pleading guilty to breaching Health and Safety legislation. SDC Parts and Services Ltd contravened Regulation 3(1)a of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 in that they failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees in relation to the unloading of trailers containing lorry tyres and wheel and tyre assemblies. SDC Trailers Ltd contravened Regulation 10 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 in that they failed to prevent tyres loaded on a curtain-sided trailer from falling, causing injury to an employee. On 4 June 2007, an employee of SDC Parts and Services Ltd was injured whilst unloading a consignment of lorry wheel and tyre assemblies from a curtain-sided trailer. The trailer had been loaded by SDC Trailers Ltd at their factory in Northern Ireland. The goods were being manually palletized when one fell from a stack and fractured his knee. On 10 July 2007, another employee of SDC Parts and Services Ltd received crushing injuries when preparing to unload lorry tyres from a curtain-sided trailer, also loaded by SDC Trailers Ltd. As he released the curtain an unsecured stack of tyres fell from the trailer, pinning him against an adjacent vehicle and causing crush injuries. Prosecuting, HSE Inspector Maureen Kingman said: "The unloading of trailers in which loads have not been properly secured places those involved at considerable risk. The outcome of these incidents - the injuries and the subsequent fine - reminds us that the results can be serious for people and for businesses that fail to comply with their health and safety duties."

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