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02/03/2012

Worker suffers fractured pelvis in Swansea accident at work

A construction firm has been fined after an employee suffered serious personal injuries when he was struck by a concrete beam in an accident at work.

The worker from Carmarthen, Wales had been installing a beam and block floor with a colleague in Swansea when the work accident took place.

The man had been standing at one end of a 174-kilogram concrete beam while his colleague was at the other end. As they used lift straps to hoist the beam into position, the colleague inadvertently let go of his end of the beam, causing it to crash down to the floor beneath. During the incident the worker was hit by the beam and thrown upwards.

The worker sustained a fractured pelvis and paralysis to the nerve endings in his leg as a result of the accident.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that suitable equipment had not been provided, causing workers to carry out dangerous manual work.

The company admitted to a breach of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations and was fined £3,000 as a result of the accident at work.

 

 
 
 
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