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Injured on first day of work experience

Radwell International Limited (R) has been fined following an incident which resulted in a young person being seriously injured on their first day of work experience. How could it have been prevented?

The teenager, who was on his first day of work experience, had been asked to steady a heavy electrical panel that had been placed on a wooden pallet. Unfortunately, he was unable to manage this and it fell on top of him. The panel trapped him across the forks of a fork lift truck. He suffered five compression fractures of his pelvis, and a head injury.

A subsequent HSE investigation identified that R had failed to complete a suitable and sufficient risk assessment on the task. It was also found that the individual hadn’t received any training, supervision was lacking and there were failings in communication.

In court, R pleaded guilty to breaching ss.2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £86,666 and ordered to pay costs of £12,143.

When bringing in young persons on work experience, you must complete an induction, inform them of the site-specific risks, make it clear what jobs they’re allowed to do and ensure that they’re appropriately supervised. Tasks which involve significant manual handling should be avoided.

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