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Stanley’s Quarry fined after worker's leg crushed

23 March 2011
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Ian Stanley Bond, owner of Stanley's Quarry in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, has been fined £5,000 with £8,790 costs as the result of a worker’s leg being crushed by stone scants.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution after Nicholas Enston, 47, from Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire, was injured when blocks of stone fell on him while he was moving stone scants at the quarry.

Nicholas Enston was manually removing each piece, using a forklift truck to transport them. However, the stones were not properly stabilised and as he was working, a number of the scants broke free and fell on to his lower body, breaking his left leg in two places.

Gloucester Magistrates' Court heard how Mr Enston was working alone and was unable to call for help. He had to use a nearby hammer to move a lever on the forklift truck so the forks of the truck could lift the scants off his body.

He then managed to lift himself up to the cab of the truck and sound the horn.

The HSE investigation found the stones had not been secured properly and that Mr Enston should not have been working alone when carrying out this type of work.

His line manager had not received any appropriate health & safety training and had failed to carry out a risk assessment or put a system in place for working safely with scants, including a system for securing them properly.

HSE inspector, Cath Pickett, said: “As the owner of Stanley’s Quarry, Mr Bond should have made sure everyone at the quarry could do their job safely. Because he failed to do this, Mr Enston ended up sustaining serious injuries in an incident that need not have happened.

“Mr Enston is still off work some 18 months after the incident, which has significantly impacted on his life."

Ian Bond admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

 

 

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