| 03rd August 2017 | General Articles, Personal Injury
3 August
Aug 3
3rd August 2017

Lincolnshire firm fined after worker fell 7m from forklift truck A worker suffered serious injuries when he fell while carrying out maintenance work at a Lincolnshire seafood processing factory, a jury was told. Virginius Kurselis was standing inside a box held up by a forklift truck when he fell seven metres while painting at the Fishgate Ltd factory at Brookenby near Market Rasen. Mr Kurselis spent four weeks on hospital and underwent two operations as a result of injuries he received as a result of the fall in July 2013. His left leg was shattered and his right foot was broken. He also suffered a cracked pelvis and a dislocated right arm. Robert Stevenson, prosecuting, said that Mr Kurselis was employed as a packer but was asked to paint gutterings and down pipes in preparation for a visit from a customer. Mr Kurselis initially used a ladder but changed and stood in a box which was lifted by a forklift truck to the required height. Mr Stevenson said: “Unfortunately the box tipped forward and Mr Kurselis fell. “Mr Kurselis was employed as a factory operative. His role was as a packer but on the day he was asked to do some painting. “The company was expecting a visit from a new customer and wanted the building to look more presentable. “He wasn’t given any training as to how to safely carry out that work. “There was an absence of any instruction and there was an absence of any supervision.” Fishgate Ltd of Brookenby Business Park, Binbrook, denied a charge of failing to discharge a duty of health, safety and welfare of an employee. The firm was convicted by a jury following a short trial and fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £19,032 prosecution costs The company is currently in administration and was not represented in court. Recorder Paul Mann QC, passing sentence, said: “Mr Kursilis was given no advice as to how to do this safely and no equipment apart from a tin of paint and a brush. “This was an accident waiting to happen. “He was very badly injured. He could so easily have been killed.”   Lincolnshire Reporter...

| 28th July 2017 | General Articles, Personal Injury
28 July
Jul 28
28th July 2017

Company fined £8,000 after worker loses fingers fixing a gate A company has been fined £8,000 with cost of £2,080 following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the loss of an employee’s two middles fingers. After LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd’s main entrance gate broke, they assigned the worker to fix it, during which both his fingers were severed. The HSE found the company failed to: • identify the risks of the worker doing this task • devise safety measures to ensure a safe way of working • provide information, instruction and training regarding the task • ensure the workers has the correct supervision and monitoring LKAB Minerals pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. LexisNexis and LNB News...

| 10th July 2017 | General Articles, Personal Injury
10 July
Jul 10
10th July 2017

BT to pay damages to worker electrocuted by power line The claimant, cherry picker operator Ian Milroy, was injured by a ‘very high voltage electrocution’ while working as repair hoist operator for BT in August 2009. He and a colleague were checking a fault on a carrier pole, elevated in a cherry picker mounted on the back of a transit van. While moving the vehicle to allow a horse-rider to pass, Mr Milroy came into contact with the high-voltage power line. He suffered a cardiac arrest and a seizure, along with severe burns, fractures to his back and a brain injury. He has no memory of the accident, and has since experienced anxiety and depression. His lawyers sued BT on his behalf, but the company denied blame for the accident. At a hearing in February 2015, Mr Justice William Davis found BT two-thirds responsible for the accident, and ruled that the training given to Mr Milroy had not been adequate. On 26 June 2017, Judge David Pittaway QC approved a final settlement of Mr Milroy’s claim. The amount of the payment was confidential, but is a substantial sum given the extent of his injuries. Lexis Nexis and LNB News...

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