Company fined after worker loses fingers

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Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that a guide roller on the underside of the gate at LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd had collapsed and two employees were tasked by their line manager to make the repair.

The two workers attached a four leg lifting chain to a fork lift truck to lift the gate, which weighed in excess of 400kg. However, the chains were too long so were adjusted using a shortening hook. One of the men used the forklift to lift the gate approximately 18 inches above the ground so that his colleague could access the guide roller on the underside. As he reached under to do so the chains slipped and the gate fell onto his hand.

The man lost the ring finger and his middle finger up to the first knuckle on his right hand.

LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd of Coleford Road, Sheffield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £8000 with £2080.40 costs.