Firm Fined £100,000 after Falling Marble Slab Injures Worker

A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a slab of marble said to weigh a tonne fell on him.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on 6 May how an employee of Extreme Handling Ltd was working at GMA Warehousing & Transport's site in Felixstowe unloading a container of marble. He was assisting a fork lift truck operator to move the slab of marble from a container when it fell on him. He suffered extensive crush injuries, a fractured sternum and severe lacerations to the back of his head.  An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive into the incident which occurred on 15 Firm Fined £100,000 after Falling Marble Slab Injures WorkerAugust 2014 found that there was an unsafe system of work being used to move the load.

GMA Warehousing & Transport Ltd, of Central Avenue, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,938.38.
HSE inspector Jessica Churchyard said afterwards: “Employers have an absolute duty to ensure they do everything reasonably practicable to ensure the health & safety of their employees.”


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