Accident at work puts teenager in hospital

An accident at work that put a teenager in hospital leads to a West Yorkshire company being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The teenager from Halifax, who does not wish to be named, had a 1.5 tonne pallet fall on him and trapping his legs.

He suffered a broken leg as a result of the accident at work which occurred in March 2011.

The teenager was in hospital for three days and has since recovered, returning to work elsewhere.

The accident prompted the HSE to investigate and they found a series of health and safety failings.

The court was told that the teenage employee was inside a container and unloading pallets when a double stacked pallet fell on him. The HSE found that the company, THS Indistrial Textiles, had operated a dangerous system of work for unloading the pallets for a considerable time. They also failed to provide employees with the right equipment to do the job safely.

Pallets were being dragged by workers using straps across the container floor in order to get them closer to the doors so the forklift could lift them. They were also being dragged on the end of the forks to get them closer to the doors.

In addition to these failings, the forklift truck, which did not have a valid lifting certificate when the accident at work occurred, was carrying pallets that were heavier than its capacity.

Another employee informed the company of this before the incident occurred, but the warning was ignored.

Vicki Wright, expert personal injury solicitor at Swain & Co says, “A young man suffered a serious injury in an accident at work due to numerous safety failings by the company.  The employee suffered a serious injury which could have been avoided had the company taken notice of previous warnings and not been so intent on cutting corners.”

“This was not an isolated breach of health and safety as the HSE investigation found that the unloading operations in place had been for some time.”

If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, Vicki Wright and Melanie Lidstone Land will be happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss the possibilities of bringing a claim against your employer.

We can work on a no win no fee basis.

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