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Major contractors face huge fines after construction accident

Two of the largest construction contractors in the UK have been hit with fines and costs of more than £1.5 millon EACH after they were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Liverpool Crown Court heard how a construction worker was injured in 2015 when his foot became trapped in a large rotating screw, leading to the amputation of three toes.  The construction companies involved, Costain Ltd and Galliford Try Limited were carrying out an upgrade on a water treatment works in Cheshire.

HSE’s investigation concluded that the companies had failed to properly plan and manage the work carried out and were found guilty of breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.  Both companies have been fined £1,400,000 each with a total of £101,046.20 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Argument said: “This injury was easily preventable. The commissioning work should have been properly planned and managed.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk posed by dangerous parts of machinery.”

The worker involved would have a considerable damages claim for the terrible injuries he suffered, as well as his other related losses and expenses.

There is substantial legislation covering all aspects of working practice that all employers in the UK must adhere to.  If there is a breach on the part of your employer and you were injured as a result, then you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

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