Employee seriously injured after a work place accident
A 22 year old employee suffered serious injuries after an oven fell onto his foot whilst at work.
The employee was helping to move an industrial steam-heated "DMT" liquid oven weight over ¾ of a ton when it fell from 2 pallet trucks that were being used to move it. The employee suffered 3 broken bones in his left foot and had 5 dislocated toes.
His employer have been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,377 by Newcastle-Under-Lyme Magistrates' Court after they were found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Many of these types of accidents could be avoided by employers if they following Health and Safety rules and regulations. All employers have a duty to protect their employees as far as "reasonably practicable".
Employers must carry out risk assessments of what, in your work, could cause harm to you as an employee, so that adequate precautions can be put in place to prevent you from harm.