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£260,000 fine for serious multiple injuries from fencing panels

Fencing panels crush injuries: £260,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Blok N Mesh Ltd (2018) Liverpool magistrates’ court, July 9

Statutory reference: ss. 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA).

Blok N Mesh Ltd, a security fencing manufacturing company, has been fined after a worker was injured when fencing panels fell on him.

The facts

  • John Evans, an employee of the company, was manually loading fencing panels into shipping containers at the company’s site in February 2017.

  • Approximately 34 panels fell onto him He suffered multiple injuries including multiple fractures.

  • Workers were put at risk by the company not having suitable control measures in place to prevent the panels from falling.

  • There had been two previous similar incidents which should have warned the company that the loading procedure was dangerous.

  • The company had also failed to ensure that work was sufficiently planned, that risks were assessed and controlled, and that a safe system of work was in place.

The decision

The company was fined £260,000 plus £5000 costs under ss.2 and 3 of HSWA.

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