A timber firm has been fined after a worker was crushed against a machine by a tree trunk. A 24 year old forestry worker was hospitalised for two weeks, and has had to seek alternative employment in another industry because he can no longer do manual work. He is also no longer playing sport at the level he used to.
The company was fined £8,000 and had to pay £16,335 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
This accident emphasises the importance of site planning and adhering to machine risk zones. The penalty for getting it wrong is not just financial - it causes unnecessary hardship and long term disruption to people's lives.
The HSE press release can be found at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/timber-firm-fined-after-worker-crushed-by-tree/