Automotive manufacturer fined £3,200 following serious workplace incident

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Automotive manufacturer fined £3,200 following serious workplace incident

10th June 2009

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning employers not to neglect their duties after a worker suffered multiple fractures at a Sunderland automotive components manufacturer.

International Automotive Components Group Ltd, of Highway Point, Gorsey Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham was today (28 May) fined a total of £3,200 and ordered to pay £2,636 in costs after pleading guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Sunderland Magistrates Court. It was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

The incident took place at the company's premises in Wayfarer Road, Southwick, Sunderland on 16 August 2008. Trevor Rollin, from Farringdon, Sunderland became trapped after a tooling rack collapsed while he was using an overhead crane to unload tools from the rack. Mr Rollin suffered multiple fractures, cuts and bruises.

HSE Inspector Fiona MacNeill, said: "Mr Rollin was lucky not to have been killed by the racking which overturned.

"Employers should learn a lesson from this incident - that the safety of work equipment cannot be taken for granted. Safety does not manage itself. Risk management is a proactive process and employers should assess and prioritise the more serious risks in their premises."

Source - HSE Website