The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a passenger air transport firm, after an employee sustained a severe brain injury after being crushed by hangar doors in Bedfordshire.
On 28 April 2015, an employee of Signature Flight Support London Luton Ltd was injured while she was opening the doors of Hangar 219 at Luton Airport to move aircraft inside.
On moving one of the doors, the employee became trapped, causing crushing injuries, which resulted in severe brain injury.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that the company had failed to conduct adequate planning, or provide adequate training and written instructions.
At St Albans Crown Court, Signature Flight Support London Luton Ltd of Hangar 63, Percival Way, London Luton Airport pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The company was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £19,483.50.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Andrew McGill said:
“The injured person’s family have been left devastated after this incident – her husband gave up work to care for her daily and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Employers must provide suitable systems of work, training, information and supervision to ensure safety.
“If a safe system of work had been in place prior to this incident, it could have prevented the life changing injuries sustained by the employee.”
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