The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined a company as an employee was fatally injured while moving heavy machinery.
maintenance engineer at the company, was working with colleagues to move a large and heavy milling machine using a forklift and machine-moving skates.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,033.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Annette Walker said:
This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to ensure that this one-off task could be undertaken in a safe manner
- The investigation found that company had failed to:
- Assess and plan the task of moving the machine;
- Determine a safe system of work;
- Provide clear instructions to the workers;
- Supervise the activity.
In addition, the skates used were not adequately maintained nor subject to a suitable inspection programme to ensure that they were safe to use.
In fact, the inspector noted that:
The lifting and movement of heavy machinery is a specialist and often complex task requiring significant planning, expertise, knowledge and specialist equipment to ensure the risks are controlled