Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has fined a global materials company £10,000 after an engineer had his hand crushed at their factory in the West Midlands. ThyssenKrupp (Materials) UK Ltd, a subsidiary of the ThyssenKrupp group, was ruled to have breached health and safety regulations in failing to provide their workers with training in how to use equipment on the site. They also failed to provide adequate instruction on procedures or manage the site maintenance programme.

The court heard that the worker, a 40 year old from Stourbridge, was removing the chocks from the bed of a plate saw at the time of the accident on ThyssenKrupp’s Tyseley site. The chocks were being used to prop a pressure beam for maintenance work to be carried out. When they were removed, the beam fell and landed on the engineer’s hand, leaving the hand crushed. The injury kept him away from work for over 3 months.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Paul Cooper said:

“ThyssenKrupp Materials should have spent time working out a safe working methods for all maintenance tasks, especially those which were routine. There were no written risk assessments or safe systems of work in place.

“The company should also have made sure that the engineers were given the necessary training on the machines and the information they needed to operate them. Instead, they were given nothing and expected to learn as they went along.

“Since the incident the firm has brought in service engineers to do the most intricate maintenance work and arranged for those engineers to give the employees training on the machines. Had they done this before, a worker could have been spared a painful injury.”