On 28th April 2017, a man working for Logistex Limited was involved in an accident that required amputation. He was working with fellow employees at Shop Direct Distribution Centre in Shaw, Oldham, replacing sensors on a lift which weighed 800kg.
They hit the emergency stop button presuming that it would prevent the lift from moving but they didn’t realise the control panel was switched on, whilst replacing the sensors the lift suddenly dropped and trapped his foot between the lift and the edge of the truck frame he was standing on.
Emergency services had to free him and he required his second and third toes to be cut back to the knuckle and his other toes to be operated on. Oldham Council discovered the refurbishment work was poorly planned and the risk assessment was inadequate including the fact the work was undertaken when the lift had power.
Logistex Limited was prosecuted under section 2 (1) of the health and safety at work act and regulation 3 (1) (9) of the management of health and safety at work regulations 1999. They pleaded guilty to the two charges at Tameside Magistrates Court, were fined £12,000 for each offence plus £8,705.40 costs plus a victim surcharge of £170.
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