Workers’ injuries lead to fines for two companies

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TWO companies have been fined after separate incidents at a Derbyshire lead smelting works.

Both incidents happened at HJ Enthoven Ltd, in South Darley, near Matlock.

The first occurred on August 19 2009 when a 43-year-old worker, who does not want to be named, suffered severe burns following an explosion at the site.

The second incident happened on May 7 2010 when a 27-year-old employee of Key Engineering (Chesterfield) Ltd, who also does not want to be named, suffered severe crush injuries while investigating a fault on an overhead travelling crane.

A subsequent HSE investigation found neither company had carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and HJ Enthoven had failed to inform Key Engineering about a narrow gap.

Key Engineering (Chesterfield) Ltd, of Brearley Street, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for the incident involving the crane and was fined £5,000 with costs of £2,305.

HJ Enthoven Ltd, of Daley Dale Smelter, South Darley, Matlock, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for the same incident and was fined £5,000. The company was also fined £10,000 after admitting to breaching Section 2(1) of the same act for the incident which led to the explosion.

The total costs for HJ Enthoven Ltd were £8,256.