In recent court proceedings, an events management company has been fined for failure to provide safe working conditions during the lifting and moving of a 14-foot-wide park home chassis. On the 5th of July 2018 employees at Woodcorner Farm were tasked with transferring the park home chassis through an opening that was only 13-foot-wide. In order to fit the chassis through, employees had to manoeuvre the chassis to angle it through the door while it was carried by two forklift trucks. The chassis subsequently slipped and rebounded from the floor, striking an employee.
The injured employee was flung backwards two metres into the wall of the building. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken collar bone.
It is evident that this case was not properly planned or carried out safely, employees devised their own method as they received no guidance from their employers, who had failed to assess risk and provide sufficient control measures. Those in control of the work have an obligation to provide safe systems of work and training to employees to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and safety measures to carry out tasks without risk.
The court found Sovereign Exhibitions & Events of Units 1-3 Arley Industrial Park, Colliers Way, Arley, Coventry, West Midlands guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £161,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,345.
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