H&S FINE | Manufacturer Fined

A plastics manufacturer has been fined after a worker was fatally struck by a pressurised rod.

Health & Safety Executive  (HSE) investigation found the employee was removing the component from a long length rod casting machine when the incident happened.

risk assessment

The rod was secured in the machine by a pressurised piston which should have been depressurised before the rod was removed.

As the worker removed the rod, it was forcibly ejected along with the machine’s retaining end cap, striking him in the chest with the equivalent force of eight tonnes.

£ 0
Fine

Safety Failings

The court was told the firm had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the machine. It did not therefore identify all foreseeable hazards.

Nylacast Limited admitted breaking the:

  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

In addition to being fined £293,000, the manufacturer had to pay £10,206 costs.

"This death could have been prevented."
Health & Safety Executive

Present Risk   

In the court’s judgment, the case was an accident “waiting to happen”.

The judge said there was “no engineering measure which prevented the ejection of the end cap before pressure in the mould had been released. The failings in this case were not an isolated incident as the risk existed each time the machine was used”.

The HSE stressed those in control of work equipment are required to carry out a ‘suitably robust assessment’ in order to make sure all foreseeable hazards are identified.

Furthermore the judge commented, “had this hazard been identified, suitable engineering controls could have been devised and implemented to minimise the risk – therefore this death could have been prevented”.

ONLINE TRAINING | IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors

Looking to improve your understanding of health and safety, demonstrate your commitment to employee wellbeing, and protect your business from prosecution? Learn essential skills in effective risk management, including how to create a COVID-secure workplace, with this one-day course for business owners, senior managers and directors.

15th December 2020 | 09:30 – 16:30

Director of Health & Safety Services

Nick Wilson

Health and safety should be a priority for any business but ensuring compliance can often feel like a daunting task. We’re here to help you turn complex regulations into sensible, proportionate controls.

Our live Client satisfaction rating is currently:

Last Updated:

Urgent Issue?

Why not take a look through our library of carefully created Health & Safety documents and templates to see if we have what you need?

Let's start talking on 0345 226 8393 or complete the form below.

More From EW

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Combating coronavirus | FREE advice and resources for employers

Our Coronavirus Advice Hub is open now. Get instant access to regularly updated guidance, sample policies, template risk assessments and more.
 
Click to explore what’s available.

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Hi, how can we help?
Click the button below to chat to an expert.

Is Your Business Based in Scotland?

Go straight to our free sector-specific Risk Assessment Templates for Scottish organisations…
 
Click to explore what’s available.
Error: Embedded data could not be displayed.
Read our Privacy Policy.