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Dyson fined £1.2m after milling machine fell on employee


Dyson has been fined over 1,000,000 kilos after an worker was injured when a milling machine fell on him.

The expertise firm has been ordered to pay £1.2m after pleading responsible to breaching well being and security legal guidelines.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, James Hole, stated the incident “could have been fatal”.

Dyson stated it was “thankful” that the worker was “not more seriously hurt” within the incident at its manufacturing facility in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Swindon Magistrates Court heard that the employee had been shifting a 1.5 tonne milling machine together with a colleague when the incident occurred in August 2019.

Head and chest accidents

They lifted it up with a five-tonne jack, and have been changing some wheels with wood blocks when it fell.

It struck the person and his head and chest have been injured, the HSE stated.

Its investigators discovered that Dyson had not offered “suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training” to its employees.

The man escaped being crushed solely as a result of the machine landed on two toolboxes and the deal with of one other machine.

‘Could have been prevented’

“Those in control of work have a duty to assess the risks, devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workforce,” stated Mr Hole.

“Had a suitable safe system of work been in place this incident and the related injuries could have been prevented,” he added.

Dyson stated that well being and security is its “number one priority” and confirmed that the person had now returned to work.

“As an engineering company, we use complex and often heavy equipment and take care to do so safely.

“We deeply remorse that this occurred and we settle for the courtroom’s determination at present,” it stated in an announcement.

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