Textile firm fined for breaching health and safety regulations

The Halifax coat of arms at Calderdale Magistrates Court.
The Halifax coat of arms at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

An Elland firm has been fined for health and safety breaches after a worker was crushed when a pallet weighing over 1,500kg toppled over on top of him.

THS Industrial Textile Limited were given a £6,000 fine after admitting a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety at work for their employees during lifting operations using a fork-lift trick to unload pallets from a container.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how workers were removing pallets from a container by using a strap to pull them out in March, 2012

However, an 18-year-old employee inside the container assisting in the operation, was crushed when the double-stacked pallets, weighing more than a Fiat 500 car, fell on top of him, leaving him with a fractured femur.

The company, based at Heathfield Business Park, accepted the correct procedures were not in place but had taken steps to ensure similar incidents would not happen again.

They were also ordered to pay £4,994 in legal costs and £15 victim surcharge.