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Two firms fined for Telford incident

04-07-2012

Two companies have been fined for safety failings after an employee lost three fingers and part of his thumb.

The 37-year-old man had been working with another employee for O'Neill Concrete Pumping Ltd. to pump concrete into a garden in Wrockwardine, Telford, on 27 February 2010.

When the job was finished he went to clean the hopper and lifted the automatic locking hopper grille. As he did, the swinging tube, which is part of the pumping mechanism, moved and trapped his right hand, crushing his fingers. He was taken to hospital and had three fingers and part of his thumb amputated. The employee needed extensive surgery and has been traumatised by his injuries.

During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Telford Magistrates' Court heard that Transcrete (GB) Ltd. supplied the concrete pump to O'Neill Concrete Pumping Ltd. There were defects found with the machine supplied.

Following the incident Prohibition Notices were immediately served on two lorry-mounted concrete pumps owned and used by O'Neill Concrete Pumping Ltd. due to the failure of the interlocking system on the hopper.

HSE found that O'Neill had failed to ensure that effective measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of the hopper of the lorry-mounted concrete pump and that Transcrete had failed to ensure that it was designed to be safe when it was being cleaned or maintained.

O'Neill Concrete Pumping Ltd., of Wellington Road, Bilston, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were fined £3,000 with costs of £2,000.

Transcrete (GB) Ltd., of Pool Lane, Winterley, Sandbach, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to ensure the concrete pump supplied was safe between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2006. They were fined £4,000 with costs of £2,000.

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