Teenage Apprentice crushed to death

Although not in the motor vehicle sector this case highlights the potential of a fatality when risk assessments are not carried out adequately when dealing with heavy items of equipment.

In this particular case, reported by the HSE, a gearbox/propeller unit weighing almost one tonne was notionally stable on a workbench while the 19 year old apprentice was reassembling it.  Unfortunately it toppled onto his torso and left leg causing fatal injuries. 

The company were fined £75,000 and ordered to pay almost £48,000 in costs.

Published: 17 Mar 2014


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