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Work Experience Teen Injured On 1st Day At Work

Here's what not to do as a business.

A fine has been issued to a supplier of industrial equipment after a teenager on his first day of a work experience placement was injured when a panel on a wooden pallet fell, pinning him to the ground.

The teen had been asked to keep the panel steady but after it fell, it trapped him across the forks of a forklift truck, resulting in a head injury and five compression fractures of his pelvis.

Following the incident on December 15th 2014, the company in question was fined £86,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,143. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the firm hadn’t carried out suitable or sufficient risk assessments and that training, supervision and communication also hadn’t been appropriate.

Steve Shaw, HSE inspector, commented: “This case highlights the need for companies to have in place safe systems of work for all deliveries at their premises. Had such a system been in place, this teenager starting his working career need not have suffered the painful injuries he endured and this company would not have faced the judgement of the courts.”

When it comes to apprentices, you need to make sure they have been properly trained and that they are supervised by a more experienced member of staff. Because they have less experience of working in certain environments, they’re immediately more at risk – which businesses do need to appreciate, especially in dangerous industries like construction and manufacturing.

For help with your emergency response plans, get in touch with us at HFR Solutions CIC today.

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