Halifax engineering company fined £48,000 for safety breaches

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A Halifax engineering company has been fined £48,000 for safety breaches after a worker was struck on the head and suffered temporary blindness and longer term vision problems.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker was hit by a heavy object falling from racking on August 10, 2016.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that he was using an overhead travelling crane to move an item within the factory.

The crane was positioned above an area of storage racking.  The travelling crane’s festoon power cables displaced a heavy object stored on the top level of the racking, which fell and struck him on the head.

Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co Ltd of Armytage Road, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to breaching Work at Height Regulations and was fined £48,024 with £2,051 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sally Gay said: “Being struck by a falling object is a major cause of death and injury, which can be easily prevented by taking simple steps.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”