Walthamstow concrete company fined over worker’s head injury

Singh Will Mix It was found guilty of failing to properly train staff and fined £175,000

The site in Crouch End (credit: HSE)

A Walthamstow company was fined £175,000 after a worker suffered a serious head injury that left him in hospital for seven months.

Four years ago, concrete company Singh Will Mix It, based in Larkshall Road, was hired as a subcontractor to work on a ground-floor home extension in Crouch End.

However, tragedy struck while a worker was cleaning a piece of machinery used to pump concrete onto the site and lost control of the hose, which hit another worker in the head.

This man, aged 35 at the time, was struck hard enough to damage his brain and still struggles to this day with speech, memory and moving.

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Following the accident, the Health and Safety Executive investigated and found that the other worker had not been properly qualified to safely use and clean the machine in question.

Singh Will Mix It Ltd was therefore accused of breaking the law by failing to ensure its workers were properly trained or that it had appropriate systems in place for them to work safely.

Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, the company was found guilty and ordered to pay a £175,000 fine and £75,722 in court costs on 15th March this year.

HSE inspector Gordon Nixon said: “HSE will not hesitate in prosecuting where contractors and operatives do not have the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and training when carrying out dangerous tasks and putting people at risk.”

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