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Quarry owner fined after health and safety failings cause worker injury

Posted: January 17th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a quarry in Warwickshire has received a fine of over £13,000 after his health and safety failings led to the serious injury of an employee.

The worker in question, 47-year-old Nicholas Enston from Bidford on Avon in the south of the county, was working alone at Stanley’s Quarry near Shipston when the incident occurred. Mr Enston suffered serious injuries to his leg after stone blocks fell on him at the site.

As he was alone, he was unable to call for help and was forced to lift the blocks off of his body using a nearby forklift truck. Once freed from the blocks, Mr Enston was able to sound the forklift’s horn to summon help.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the case and discovered a number of health and safety breaches. At Gloucester Magistrates Court, HSE investigators explained that:

• The stone blocks should have been made properly secure
• Mr Enston should not have been working alone
• His line manager should have received the proper health and safety training

As a result, quarry owner Ian Stanley Bond was ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 plus £8,790 in court costs.

HSE inspector Cath Pickett commented on the outcome of the case, saying:

“As the owner of Stanley’s Quarry, Mr Bond should have made sure everyone at the quarry could do their job safely.”

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