A Surrey woodworking company has been given a conditional discharge after a worker was seriously injured by large falling MDF (medium density fibreboard) panels.
At North West Surrey Magistrates in Woking on the Friday 5th February 2010, the Court heard the incident took place on the 17th May 2008 at Thistle Woodworks' site in Lightwater, Surrey.
A large stack of MDF (medium density fibreboard) panels, which were more than two metres long and over a metre wide were stacked vertically against a closed door to the workshop. A number of these boards fell on top of one of the employees, who as a result, suffered fractures to the left side of his forehead, his eye socket, cheek bone and left arm.
HSE Inspector Ms Suzanne Matthews said: "This method of stacking boards was inherently unsafe and injuries were inevitable if the stack was disturbed. This company failed its employee, who suffered several severe fractures as a result.
"Boards should never be stacked on their edge without adequate support. They should be stored flat, or in a 'pigeonhole' or 'toast rack' arrangement with staff clearly told about the dangers of propping boards with inadequate support."
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we feel that the safety of both our employees and our customers is vital. Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we like to ensure a safe work environment for all.