Cumbria

Johnson Controls fined after man loses leg

A Hampshire-based firm has been fined after a Cumbrian man was run over on a nuclear site and later lost his leg.

Johnson Controls, a building maintenance firm of Waterlooville, was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay £8,162 in costs at Carlisle Crown Court.

An employee, Ken Brown, from Distington, was hit by a cherry picker in Seascale in May. He had his left leg amputated above the knee in hospital.

The company pleaded guilty to a breach of general duty to employee.

The Health and Safety Executive investigation found Mr Brown and other staff at Johnson Controls had escorted cherry pickers on foot several times a month, for at least 14 months, prior to him being injured.

It said the only advice the company gave to its employees when directing cherry pickers was to wear a high visibility waistcoat. No specific training was provided for the task.

Johnson Controls, part of a global organisation which employs more than 160,000 people, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of employees.

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