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Foundry Fined Following Worker’s Narrow Escape

An iron foundry in West Midlands has been fined after a worker had a narrow escape after falling from a collapsing platform.  The worker could have fallen into a stream of extremely hot molten metal.

The worker, 42 from Tipton, who has chosen to remain unnamed, suffered bruising on his shoulder, neck and arms.

The incident took place on 27 October 2011.

It was lucky that the worker had fallen in front of the platform.  If he had fallen back, he would have fallen into the stream of molten metal which was around 1400 degrees.

An investigation into the incident carried out by the HSE revealed that the platform was unsuitable for the purpose it was being used for.  Employees usually stepped on the platform to cross the conveyor when taking samples from the metal stream.  But, it was found that the platform should have only been used to hold sampling equipment.

On 11 April 2013, Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard that the foundry firm did not have adequate safe working practices.  The firm also failed to monitor work practices around dangerous areas.

The platform had been misused for several years.  It was found that the other platforms around the area were also unsafe, old, unstable and lacked essential safety features.

The Brockmoor Foundry Company Ltd, pleaded to breaching Health and Safety at Work Act.  The company was ordered to pay a fine of £10,400 with an additional £4,000 in costs.

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