Foundry fined after worker was badly hurt

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A DRONFIELD foundry has been fined £60,000 after an employee suffered injuries when he was hit by a 1.6 tonne steel bar.

Derby Crown Court heard last Thursday, April 4, how the 61-year-old from Dronfield broke both legs and his pelvis, crushed his right foot and damaged his left knee while working at Padley & Venables Ltd.

The Health and Safety Executive explained the nine-metre bar and the barrow it was being pushed on by a truck fell as it was taken from one part of the site to another during April 12, 2011.

An HSE investigation found the bar was not secured, that the barrow had no brakes and that it was being shunted rather than having a physical connection. The worker had to have three operations and only recently returned to part-time work, according to the HSE.

The court was told the company had moved the location of the bars due to stock issues which prevented them from using an overhead crane to transport them. The firm designed and made its own barrows to move the steel, according to the HSE, but failed to monitor whether loads were strapped down or that the design of the barrows was safe.

Padley & Venables, of Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, was fined £60,000 and must pay £16,419 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. HSE inspector Fiona Coffey said: “The route taken to bring bars from the forge room to the saws meant passing in close proximity to employees.”