Van maker in court over serious safety failings

A vehicle manufacturer has been told to pay nearly £180,000 in fines and costs for safety failings after a crane operator suffered severe crush injuries in a lifting operation at the company’s press shop in Luton.

The worker, who does not wish to be named, suffered multiple injuries including fractures to the upper left arm, breastbone, right collarbone and ribs; as well as collapsed lungs.

The incident, on 1 July 2011 at IBC Vehicles Ltd factory in Kimpton Road, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who prosecuted the firm today (23 June).

 

Luton Crown Court heard the employee had lowered an eight-tonne die block – used to make van parts – into its storage position, and was unhooking it from the crane’s lifting chains when the 50-tonne crane started to move, dragging the block towards the worker and crushing him against another block behind him.

The crane operator was hospitalised for two weeks and has had numerous operations since, but has not been able to return to work.

HSE found a protective frame around the control levers of the crane designed to prevent inadvertent operation was missing. There were also serious shortcomings with the company’s maintenance of lifting equipment and management of lifting operations, including the provision of training and information for crane operators.

The court was told that a number of the ten cranes in the press shop at the factory had previously missed annual examinations by as much as 12 months, and that some failed to have identified maintenance issues acted upon. In addition, the provision of training and information for employees was inadequate to ensure that lifting operations were carried out safely.

IBC Vehicles Ltd, of Kimpton Road, Luton, was fined a total of £155,000 and ordered to pay £22,795 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and two breaches of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

After the case, HSE Inspector Stephen Manley, said:

“There were multiple failings on the part of IBC Vehicles Ltd. Cranes had not been maintained or inspected properly, operators had not been given adequate information or regular training, and lifting operations were not properly planned, including in particular the systems for daily checks on the equipment, to ensure the lifts were then carried out safely.

“Although only a small number of these failings may have contributed towards the incident in July 2011, as a whole they had the potential to create a serious risk to which many employees at the company would have been exposed for some considerable time.”

For more information and guidance about how to prevent injuries when carrying or lifting, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/loler.htm


Story from www.hse.gov.uk

Katy – St Bede’s Catholic College – Bristol

I think this course has improved my confidence a lot, it has been interesting and a huge learning experience for me. I think it was well worth giving up my half term for this, and would recommend it to others.

Peter Gould, Deputy Head Teacher-Orchard School Bristol

Beyond Limits Education have been based at Orchard School since September 2010. The team have provided an excellent service for our school community over the last 8 years. In 2010 – 2013 37 Year 11 students took part in a bespoke programme covering ASDAN Wider Key Skills (IOL&P, WWO & PS) 33 students completed at least one Wider Key Skill (.75 A*-C equivalency), 28 students completed ....

Amir Walji, Assistant Principal Ken Stimpson Community School – Peterborough

Since engaging the services of Beyond Limits Education 3 years ago, without doubt, the effect of the programme delivered by Nick Davey and Margaret Lambert has been profound on the students involved and has raised the school’s level of attainment and achievement. The students selected for the intensive 8-day programme had to meet the ‘criteria’ of disengagement and/or at risk of not achi....

Tomoe Valve

        Tomoe Valve have worked in conjunction with Beyond Limits Education for a period of 4 years. Beyond Limits Education has provided all our training requirements. Training activities range from the following:-   Fire Safety, Fire Warden, MIG & TIG welding, Fork truck, (Counter balance and reach) IOSH health/safety, NEBOSH general, NEBOSH environmental,   Trai....

PCT Global Ltd

"An informative and worthwhile NEBOSH course, instructors were very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended."

Re-Training Funding

Have you been made redundant in the last 6 months? You maybe entitled to £1,500 for re-training. More information on re-training funding.

Working With...

British Safety Council

IOSH Accredited

MIDAS Accredited

 

Payment Options