Worker suffers facial injury from crowbar

A construction company in the north has been fined after a worker suffered facial injuries from a crowbar.

A company was assigned for a 47-bedroom extension. However, during the installation of the concrete floor slabs a worker was hit in the jaw by a crowbar when it became trapped between two of the slabs. As a result of this he suffered a head injury which included lacerations to the head and jaw and dislocated teeth.

An investigation was held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred in December 2014. The investigation found that the company had failed to adequately plan and manage the installation of the two floor slabs.

The construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £33,000 with £12,552.81 costs.

Source: HSE