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Work experience teenager seriously injured: Radwell International Ltd fined £86,000

Work experience injury: £86,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Radwell International Ltd (2016) Stafford Crown Court, December 2

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

Radwell International Ltd, a supplier of industrial equipment, has been fined after a work experience person suffered serious injuries.

The facts

  • A work experience teenager was working at the company’s site in Newcastle.

  • During the unloading of a heavy electrical panel form the back of a lorry, the teenager was asked to steady the panel which had been placed on a wooden pallet on the ground.

  • The panel fell and trapped him on the ground across the forks of a forklift truck. He suffered five fractures of his pelvis and a head injury.

  • The company had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, training, supervision and communication.

The decision

The company was fined £86,000 plus £12,000 costs for breaches of ss 2 and 3, HSWA, for failing to ensure the health and safety of employees and non-employees.

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