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Worker seriously injured when 1 tonne load fell on him

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UKHSE) has successfully prosecuted a cargo handling company after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him. The incident occurred when the worker was assisting a fork lift truck operator to move a one tonne sheet of marble from a container. The marble sheet fell on him, causing him serious and extensive crush injuries to his legs as well as a fractured sternum and severe lacerations to the back of his head.

The HSE investigation found that there was an unsafe system of work being used to move the load.

Further information can be found on the UK HSE’s website at

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