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Steel manufacturer fined £75k for workers injuries

Chertsey-based steel manufacturer Express Reinforcements was hit with a £75,000 fine at Guildford Crown Court this week after a worker was seriously injured in March 2004.
Brian Bennett, 39, was crushed against a metal bench by a crawler crane as it swung round at the firms premises at Fordwater Trading Estate, Chertsey. He suffered cuts, grazes, deep lacerations and a broken arm.

Express Reinforcements pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches.

HM Inspector Andrew Christian said: 'This incident occurred because the work, using a crane to lift a load, was not adequately planned for. The lifting equipment was not positioned to ensure a clear work area.'

'Employers must ensure that safe systems of work are identified for all operations and that those involved are aware of these systems and follow them. In this case, a control of contractors procedure had been identified, however at the time of the incident it was not being followed.'

The company was also ordered to pay £10,771 in costs.

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