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An air transport company has been issued a six-figure fine after a worker was left with brain damage following an April 2015 incident involving hangar doors.

The Signature Flight Support London Luton Ltd. employee was pulling the doors open of Hangar 219, located within Luton Airport, so that aircraft could be moved inside. While a door was being opened, the worker was crushed. This resulted in brain damage being caused by the severe injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the occurrence, revealing that there had been inadequate planning, and written instruction and training had failed to be provided. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the health and safety regulations, resulting in a fine of £250,000 along with payment of £19,483.50 in costs.

Andrew McGill, health and safety inspector, said:

“Employers must provide suitable systems of work, training, information and supervision to ensure safety. If a safe system of work had been in place prior to this incident, it could have prevented the life-changing injuries sustained by the employee.”

The HSE inspector added that the family of the injured worker had suffered devastation following the incident. Her husband had been given a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and had become her full-time carer.

Employers can prevent the incidence of life changing injuries by complying with the health and safety regulations, which include provision of training, PPE, instruction, supervision, and other requirements to keep workers safe.


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