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Crush injury at work leads to amputation

Crush injury at work leads to amputation

A man has suffered a crush injury at work which has resulted in a leg amputation.

The man was working at a site in London where a commercial staircase was being installed by Leyton Group Construction Ltd.

A section of the staircase weighing 1.7 tonnes was being lifted into position. One of the fabric slings failed. This caused one side of the heavy staircase to drop and hit the victim.

He became trapped.

His injuries result in the amputation of his leg from just below the groin.

Work not adequately planned

The resulting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company failed to properly plan the lifting operation.

Plans in place were not specific to the job at hand.

The method statement was lacking in detail around the load, how it should be slung and how it should be lifted.

This failure led to the victims devastating injuries.

As a result, the slings were stretched across metal edges that were sharp. This caused a shearing action which resulted on one of the slings failing.

Tania van Rixtel, the HSE principal inspector, comments,

“The method employed for lifting the staircase was unsafe. This case highlights the need for duty holders to properly plan all lifting operations before work is carried out to manage the risk of injury to workers. This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

Everyone has the right to go to work and be safe while carrying out their duties.

Vicki Wright, expert personal injury solicitor at Swain & Co says,

“A man has suffered life changing injuries from unsafe work practices. This company is cited as specialising in the manufacture and installation of industrial staircases, but failed to plan this installation adequately. This accident at work should not have happened.”


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