Firm fined £10,000 after worker was crushed

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A ROTHERHAM manufacturing firm has been fined £10,000 after a worker was crushed by a 1.5 tonne weight landing on his back.

The maintenance engineer at Yorkshire Spin Galvanizing Ltd, on Cornish Way, was left with a broken shoulder, two cracked ribs and had the top of three vertebrae snapped off when he was trapped between a machine’s counterweight and a junction box.

Rotherham magistrates heard yesterday the worker was investigating a fault and climbed on a gantry to get inside the zinc galvanizing machine.

The court was told that when the fault cleared he went to the rear of the gantry, out of sight of the operator, to check another repair he had recently made.

The machine was still running and, as he leaned over a guardrail to get a good view, the counterweight descended, pinning him against the junction box.

He managed to shout ‘stop’ to alert his colleagues before losing consciousness and a co-worker was able to lift the weight up to free him.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.