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An anonymous 39-year-old machine operator was working at premises owned and managed by Viking Johnson - a subsidiary of Crane - in Hitchin when two steel flange rings weighing a total of half a tonne fell onto him.
This incident caused him several internal injuries, as well as several fractures, as the pieces of equipment hit him on the pelvis.
An investigation into the accident revealed that the company had not carried out a sufficient risk assessment of this area of its depot and it consequently admitted breaking health and safety regulations in a case heard at Stevenage Magistrates' Court.
Sandra Dias, an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, observed: "This was a serious and entirely preventable incident which left this employee with horrific injuries."
Posted by Craig Williams
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