Huthwaite cold storage firm admitted health and safety breaches

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A Huthwaite cold storage firm has pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety regulations after a worker was injured by falling equipment and several others developed a disabling condition of the nerves and joints.

Dawsonrentals Portable Cold Storage Ltd appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after two separate Health and Safety investigations at its premises on the Fullwood Industrial Estate.

Magistrates heard an agency worker, Kevin Rodgers, 37, from Mansfield, was struck and trapped by a section of portable cold storage which fell and trapped him under the L-shaped section of cold store while breaking up smaller sections of the equipment. He broke several bones in his foot. The prosecution said Mr Rodgers and a fellow agency worker had been dismantling cold storage units, which was a non-routine job at a separate part of the premises. They were working unsupervised, had no training for the role and there was no proper procedure in place for the work to be carried out. The system for inducting workers was poor and workers were not properly trained on arrival. A separate HSE investigation was conducted after several employees were reported to be suffering from various stages of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) after working for the company. One case was shown to be so severe that the worker was unable to do his job any longer. The cases were sent to Nottingham Crown Court for sentence.