This very unfortunate accident happened when an employee was removing wooden struts that the concrete blocks had been resting on, while the concrete blocks were unloaded by a forklift. One of the blocks slipped off from the forklift, and fell onto the worker.
He was taken to hospital for treatment to serious crush injuries to one of his legs. The leg was eventually amputated from the shin down.
The HSE found the employer in breach of Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) which place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.
Regulation 8 requires that every employer shall ensure that every lifting operation involving lifting equipment is—
(a)properly planned by a competent person;
(b)appropriately supervised; and
(c)carried out in a safe manner.
Sadly it would seem that this was not the case here and, had it been so, this serious accident and the life changing injuries this man suffered could have been avoided.
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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the unloading operation was not properly planned, the forklift truck’s weight capacity of five tonnes was not enough to be able to cope with the weight of the blocks, and the worker should not have been in the vicinity while the concrete blocks were being lifted. After the hearing HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said: “The injured man suffered life-changing injuries. This incident was entirely avoidable, had the lifting operations been properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.”