An electrical company based in Hertfordshire was fined £120,000 by the Lewes Crown Court after a man was knocked off a scissor lift and subsequently left paralyzed.
The attending HSE’s (Health and Safety Executive) Inspector said “The fine reflects the seriousness of the omissions by this company. Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil Ltd employed people to do highly hazardous work and yet failed to take the appropriate steps to ensure their safety.” A New York Spinal Injury reported that the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) prosecuted Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil Ltd after the incident which happened on the 25 January 2007 at the Manor Royal Industrial Park in Crawley.
The Lewes Crown Court heard the case which stated that the company had been subcontracted to design and build the mechanical and electrical systems in a number of new buildings. A cable installer from Hartlepool was working in a scissor lift with two coworkers. They were tying cables into overhead trays when they collapsed, knocking the man out of the lift and causing him to fall 8m to the floor below. According to a New York Spinal Injury Lawyer, the contractor suffered severe spinal injuries and is now paralyzed from the waist down. Electrical and construction accidents are often reported in Brooklyn and The Bronx and the cases are dealt with on an individual basis.