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Logistics firm fined after workers left badly injured

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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A LOGISTICS firm has been ordered to pay more than £11,000 in fines and costs after two of its employees were left badly injured.

The two men, believed to be from South Derbyshire, were knocked nearly five metres to the ground by an overhead crane while working for CEVA Logistics, based in Excelsior Road, Ashby, at a site in Manston, Kent, on May 5, 2013.

Appearing at Margate Magistrates’ Court, the company admitted breaching safety at work regulations and was fined £10,000 with £1,491 costs.

The court heard that the men used a truck to raise them up so they could photograph the improvements they had been working on.

The machine was hit by an overhead crane and the two workers fell to the ground.

One of the men suffered a broken jaw, 11 broken teeth, a fractured elbow and a broken pelvis.

He is still unable to straighten his left arm and has had reconstructive surgery on his jaw.

The second worker gashed his leg, suffered whiplash and required 10 stitches for a head wound.

A representative of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted the company for safety failings, told the court that the injured workers, aged 45 and 47, were part of a six-man team painting lines on the floor of a firm’s dispatch area.

The executive found the company had not planned the job effectively and so failed to provide its employees with a safe method of work.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Robert Hassell said: “One of the two employees received life-changing injuries – the injuries to his left arm and face will always be with him. There could have been even graver consequences of what was a preventable fall.

“CEVA Logistics should have made sure that their employees had effective supervision on site.”

A CEVA spokesman said: “Safety is at the heart of CEVA’s operating culture and, given this, the company is disappointed this incident occurred and that two of our employees were injured as a result.

“Since the incident CEVA has taken additional steps to prevent this from happening in the future.”

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