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4 11, 2017

Working Platform falls from Telehandler

2017-11-04T16:21:53+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Provision and Use of Work Equipment|Comments Off on Working Platform falls from Telehandler

Manufacturer instructions for safe platform attachment not followed PM 28 FOURTH EDITION

A builder was sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell some 5m when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler in December 2015.

Hull Magistrates heard that Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He engaged a cladding company (A L Cladding) and provided his own telehandler and work platform for the sub-contractor to complete the work.

The court heard that three of the cladding company workers were elevated in the platform when it became detached from the telehandler and fell to the ground.


Not possible to comply with safe instructions

HSE investigators found that the work platform was not (and could not be) connected to the telehandler in accordance with manufacturer instructions which required three separate mechanical attachments.

The necessary securing attachments were not present, and only one of the three was effectively in place.

The platform fell onto the one worker trapping his shoulder and head. He also suffered a shattered right knee cap and crushed tibia and fibula. His father suffered three fractured vertebrae and a head wound needing 12 stitches.

  • Jeremy Waudby t/a JG and GW Waudby – of Lottings Farm Barmby Moor Nr. York pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1200 with £558 costs.

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21 04, 2017

Hand injury from unguarded machinery

2017-10-12T09:22:28+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Provision and Use of Work Equipment|Comments Off on Hand injury from unguarded machinery

Worker injures hand on drill
A company in Essex, has been fined after a worker suffered injury to his hand on a drilling machine.

(An example of guarding)


Chelmsford Crown Court heard how an employee had been drilling a hole in a casting when his glove got caught on the moving bit and his hand was dragged into the drill.

It is my opinion that the use of gloves should be totally prohibited when using rotating machinery in which gloves could become entangled, in a case which I investigated 15 years ago, a supervisor lost the flesh from one of his fingers when the tip of his glove became entagled in the drill bit while attempting to remove swarf, he was lucky to escape losing his finger and prosecution from the HSE.

The above Essex employee suffered injuries to his hand which required a skin graft and was off work for two months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 16 December 2014 found that the machine was badly guarded and poorly maintained. The operator was not properly trained or supervised.

The employer from Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,632.92.

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