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Car company fined after employee crushed at work

A car manufacturing company has been fined after an employee became trapped and suffered crush injuries whilst unloading a chassis from a delivery vehicle.

The employee became trapped between the trolley holding the chassis and a parked vehicle when the delivery vehicle moved in the incident on 18 April 2018.

The HSE found that the company did not have a safe system of work for unloading chassis. The risks should have been controlled by offloading the chassis using a forklift truck or implementing a formalised system of work to safely unload them by hand, it says.

Morgan Motor Company Manufacturing Limited of Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £60,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Elizabeth Thomas said: “A safe system of work should have been in place and this shows that even large, well-established companies can get things wrong”.

HSE October 2021


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