Stockport Chain Manufacturer Receives £80k Fine After Employee Mangles Hand

Stockport Chain Manufacturer Receives £80k Fine After Employee Mangles Hand

A Stockport worker seriously mangled his hand in the hook on a crane because there were no lifting chains available – even though they are produced at the same factory a court has heard.
David Taylor 54 from Swinton lost parts of all his fingers in the accident at work at Renold Power Transmission Ltd on the Bredbury Park Industrial Estate in Stockport on 14 September 2011.
The company which makes chains for escalators forklift trucks and conveyor belts received a £80000 fine following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation which found that the company did not have a safe system in place to move heavy tooling equipment.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Taylor was operating an overhead crane in the tool preparation area to lift equipment which weighed nearly 300kg using straps that had already been placed around it.
When he moved the crane with a poorly-labelled handheld control the equipment then slipped out from the straps and began to fall towards him. He lifted his left hand to protect himself but it was then caught in one of the straps and was pulled into the crane’s hook.
Mr Taylor lost half of his thumb the tip of his index finger two thirds of his middle and ring fingers and all of the little finger on his left hand in the accident at work.
The HSE investigation found that the company had failed to produce a written risk assessment for the work and had not put a safe system of work in place. Mr Taylor never received any formal training to use the crane even though he had worked for the firm for almost three months.
Since Mr Taylor’s accident at work Renold have changed their working practices to use eye bolts and chains to lift heavy equipment. The court heard that no chains were available on the day of Mr Taylor’s accident at work – even though they were made by the company.

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