£200k fine after falling scrap lead injures worker

A lead recycling company has been sentenced after a worker was trapped under a load of falling scrap lead.

On 5 May 2016, an employee of H J Enthoven Ltd was operating the overhead crane to lift a bin containing scrap lead. The bin slipped, emptying its contents onto the crane operator, trapping and injuring him.

The HSE’s investigation found that the work was not suitably planned and supervised by a competent person or carried out in a safe manner.

H J Enthoven Ltd of South Darley, Matlock pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £200,000 with costs of £6,509.69.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Rubeena Surnam said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided if the company had properly planned the work and implemented the control measures identified.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”