An engineering firm admitted breaking health and safety rules after a metal chassis fell on a worker breaking his leg.
Jackson Shotblasters Ltd, which also received three improvement notices and a prohibition notice after a visit from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £3,912 in costs.
Inspectors were called to the Bilston firm after Jason Lee Atwell was injured on May 17, 2012, Wolverhampton Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Ms Judith Lloyd, prosecuting on behalf of the HSE, said Mr Atwell, aged 42, was using a fork lift truck to move a vehicle chassis.
Ms Lloyd said: “It was being lowered when the chassis slipped. It slipped onto Mr Atwell pinning him to the wall of the booth he was working in.”
Mr Atwell suffered a sever fracture to his leg and was off work for 33 weeks. Ms Lloyd said: “There was no plan in place as to how to undertake this work, and it was a job that had been done several times before.”
HSE inspectors visited the firm on Dale Street and found health and safety breaches. Ms Lloyd told the court a prohibition notice and improvement notice was served after employees were seen spraying paint without the proper safety measures. This meant the firm could not continue until the proper measures were put in place.
A letter was handed to magistrates in which the company pleaded guilty to breaching their general duty to an employee.
Ms Anna Naylor, defending, told the court the firm admitted they should have had a lift plan and provided more supervision and training. Bosses declined to comment.