Roofing company fined for quarry health and safety errors

IKO Plc – a company that carries out roofing and insulation work – has been fined more than £10,000 after one of its contract workers sustained arm injuries that prevented him from working for three months.

48-year-old Graeme Myers was oiling a chain on a piece of machinery at Prospect Quarry in Matlock, Derbyshire.

However, he reached over a fence to access the machine while it was still operational and a tray-lifting device that formed part of it moved forward and hit his arm at force.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Myers was taken to hospital and immediately taken to surgery, so the resulting wound could be closed, but because of the impact he was left with muscle loss and damage nerves.

An inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted the fact that IKO Plc had been responsible for multiple safety failings on site, which ultimately led to their worker being seriously injured.

Inspectors noted that the fence should have been taller, to stop anyone being able to access the tray-lifting device, and other dangerous machinery components should have been protected.

Subsequently, HSE discovered that the company had moved the machine and not taken into account the difference in floor level, which meant that the fence height was insufficient.

IKO Plc pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (1) of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the company was fined £10,000, as well as being ordered to pay costs of £2331.21 and a victim surcharge of £120.

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.