In recent court proceedings, an engineering company has been found liable for an accident that caused severe crush injuries to an employee. On the 11th of April 2018, the employee in question was injured after attempting to light the burners on a moulding machine at their Northampton plant on 11 April 2018. While the employee leant into the machine, the pattern plate closed on his head and upper body.
The worker, who will remain unnamed, suffered severe injuries and was admitted to hospital for treatment of a broken neck, back fractures, broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, a ruptured spleen, torn liver, a punctured lung, facial fractures and loss of teeth. He remains unable to return to work as a result of his injuries.
What should have prevented it
This case highlights the importance of routine and forced equipment checks. Had the company not been complacent in equipment maintenance, these life-changing injuries would not have occurred. The machine used was not guarded to required standards and could have easily resulted in a fatal injury.
The court found RSM Castings Limited of Round Spinney Estate North, Portway Close, Round Spinney Northampton, guilty of breaching Section 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and had been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1739.70.
Could CRAMS help
CRAMS ensure that all equipment used is included in both risk assessments and method statements, which require review regularly, prompting equipment maintenance review. With an effective health and safety management, it is impossible to overlook equipment maintenance and risk.