Two local companies have been fined 100,000 after an employee was crushed by machinery.
The Fire Protection Group (FPG) engineer was working for the Bose giant Chivas Brothers in Dumbarton before the horrific incident in 2017.
The trial took place in Dumbarton Sheriff’s Court last month, where it was found that the worker was trapped inside the vertical storage and retrieval unit and was crushed.
After being tied to the ground with an extractor device, he was left with crushing injuries on his right side – chest wall – shoulder, upper leg and cut to the top of his head.
Full investigation by Health. And the Safety Executive (HSE) found that the FPG failed to ensure that a proper and appropriate risk assessment was carried out to inspect the fire control system located inside the storage and retrieval unit.
Companies have also failed to provide their workers with information, instructions or training on machinery hazards.
Furthermore, the investigation revealed that Chivas Brothers Limited failed to provide the necessary security information to both its employees and the FPG STAFF working on the units.
Both firms admitted to health and safety violations between December 20, 2016 and December 22, February 2017.
They were each fined پا 50,000.
Since the incident, both companies have implemented new working systems for employees.
Alistair Duncan, head of the Health and Safety Investigation Unit, said: “It was a potential accident, resulting in injuries that could have been avoided if there had been a unified work safety system and all relevant safety information shared.
“This prosecution and punishment should work to remind employers that failure to meet their obligations can have serious consequences and they will have to account for their failure.”