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Double-glazing firm fined following work accident

22nd March 2013

A 60-year-old man, and another worker who does not wish to be identified, had been preparing to lift two large sheets of glass at the time of the incident in September 2011.

One of the men was attaching a pendant crane hook to the top of an A frame which held the two sheets, when the frame fell over on top of both the workers.

The glass shattered as it hit the men, and both sustained lacerations. The 60-year-old suffered serious cuts to his arm and elbow, and the other worker was left with injuries to one of the fingers on his right hand.

The staff member with arm and elbow injuries underwent surgery on the damaged limb, but unfortunately the medical team encountered difficulties during the operation, and the man has been left suffering from the pain of his injury. He has not been able to return to work.

The 60-year-old’s colleague required ten weeks off work for his injury.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the A frame had not been secured to prevent it from falling over – an action which would have stopped the men suffering the work accident.

The double-glazing manufacturer was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £8,592. Now that their employer has been found liable, the men may be able to claim compensation with help from a personal injury solicitor.



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