Companies Fined Following Accidents to Teenage Workers
The Health and Safety Executive have released details of two successful recent prosecutions involving accidents to teenage workers. At Stafford Magistrates Court Satire Recovery Ltd were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4722 costs after 19 year old Lewis Peach was injured when he was hit by a falling stack of tyres. Mr Peach spent 11 days in hospital with multiple fractures and is yet to return to work. The company which sorts and grades tyres for resale failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place to deal with the irregular size and shape of their stock. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Dr Marie-Louise Riley-Roberts said: “Mr Peach’s injuries were extensive and he was fortunate he was not killed in this incident.”
At Plymouth Crown Court judges heard how a 19 year old worker suffered broken bones in his right hand after it was drawn into the rotating bar of an unguarded drum rolling machine. Thames Underwater Systems were fined a total of £50,000 and ordered to pay £15,236 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.