Serious Injuries from Falling Glass – Bristol Firmed Fined £20,000

A glass manufacturer has been fined after two of their employees were injured.  The two men, Ashley Emes and Nick Stone were carrying out their duties at the Bristol Pilkington Ltd site when a trolley collapsed.  The trolley was holding sheets of glass which fell onto the two men injuring them badly.  Mr Emes suffered with a broken leg and required 72 stitches on his neck and Mr Stone suffered from bruising and damage to his tendons.

Serious Injuries from Falling Glass

The accident happened because the trolley wasn’t being used correctly.  The load was not distributed evenly which meant one side was bearing more of the weight. The trolley was therefore unstable increasing the chances of collapsing. When Mr Stone tried to move the trolley the accident occurred with the trolley collapsing due to the uneven load.  The men were injured by the panes of glass as they shattered when falling off the trolley.  Both of the men had to have medical treatment and Mr Emes has not been able to return to work since the accident which happened in 2010.

Pilkington Ltd were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive who investigated the accident.  They pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court and were fined for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  In addition to the £20,000 Pilkington Ltd were also ordered to pay full costs to the sum of £5,646.

Training Would Have Help to Reduce the Risk of an Accident

Speaking after the hearing Mehtaab Hamid, a Health and Safety Executive Inspector said that the accident occurred die to lack of training.  The men had not received any training concerning the load capacity of the trolley or how to ensure it was loaded in the correct fashion to avoid collapsing and glass panes falling off.

All employers must ensure they are complying with health and safety legislation.  One of the ways to follow the law and reduce the risk of injuries and accidents is to provide adequate training to the workforce. The training is essential to ensure that all employees are able to safely go about their duty without putting themselves or others at risk.  Even large well-known companies can be found failing at providing training, and everyone who doesn’t do everything possible to provide the right information and training to their workforce will be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and face large fines and a damaged reputation.

Seek Help from the Professionals

Health and Safety consultants are able to assist companies of all shape and size, within all industries, by providing various forms of training. There are many courses available all of which are delivered by fully trained professionals.  You can ensure that your managers and supervisors are aware of their responsibilities regarding the training of employees and also provide health and safety training to all employees.

Find out more about the health and safety services that can help to improve the safety on your site and reduce problems with the HSE. Call the health and safety consultants on 0800 1488 677.

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