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£60,000 penalty for recycling firm, after worker is crushed in roller shutter door (16 February 2017)

Date: 16/02/2017
Duncan Lewis, Personal Injury Solicitors, £60,000 penalty for recycling firm, after worker is crushed in roller shutter door

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a recycling firm, after a worker suffered crush injuries from a roller shutter door

On 17 April 2015, an employee of Recresco Limited – based in Cwmbran, South Wales – was injured when the door’s roller barrel fell on him. He sustained three cracked ribs and a damaged spleen, causing him to miss eight weeks of work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that none of the electronically operated roller shutter doors at the company’s site had been adequately maintained to keep the equipment safe.

At Newport Magistrates’ Court, Recresco Limited – of Springvale Industrial Estate, Cwmbran, Newport in South Wales – pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,944.

After the case, HSE inspector Lee Schilling said:

“This case highlights the importance of regular pro-active maintenance and inspection of work equipment – including roller shutter doors – to ensure equipment does not deteriorate to the extent that it puts people at risk. In this case, Recresco failed to effectively maintain their equipment – and it could have easily resulted in a fatal injury.”

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