A manufacturer has been fined after a worker suffered crush injuries when a stack of wooden boards toppled over.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found:
- the whole stack had become unstable as several smaller boards had been rested against larger untied, upright panels
- the risks from storing timber boards close to workbenches and a thoroughfare had not been identified
- a safe place of storage had not been provided
Global Displays Limited pleaded guilty to breaking the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
It was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,179.
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Simple risk assessment
The HSE said the incident could so easily have been avoided had a simple risk assessment regarding storage been carried out. This would have identified the:
- risks from unsafe stacking
- need to safely store boards
The HSE warned that companies should be aware it will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those falling below the required standards.