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Contractor fined £60k after worker’s pelvis split

An electrical contractor has been fined £60,000 after a worker’s pelvis was crushed by an electrical panel.

The employee for Stoke-on-Trent electrical engineering contractor Instrument and Control Services Ltd suffered “life-changing injuries” when a 700 kg control panel he was moving fell on him.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates Court heard that the man’s pelvis was split on both sides when the top-heavy panel pinned him to the ground.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the company had failed to properly assess the risks and provide instructions and training on how to move the equipment.

Instrument and Control Services Ltd of Canal Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £60,000.

It was also ordered to pay costs of £2,923.62 and a victim surcharge of £120.

HSE inspector Maria-Louise Riley-Roberts said: “If Instrument and Control Services Ltd had ensured that their employees were following a safe system of work, based upon proper planning, then the life-changing injuries sustained by this worker could have been prevented.”

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