Firm to pay £10,000 after workers crushed by granite slabs

A BOURNEMOUTH company has been fined after two workers were crushed by granite slabs.

Chris Thurston, 34, from Poole, cut his neck, broke his leg and damaged veins at Modular Granite Ltd on April 12 last year.

Gary Avery, 24, also from Poole, suffered bruising on his leg and compact nerve syndrome in his foot.

Bournemouth Magistrates Court heard yesterday they were part of a four-strong team moving granite slabs.

Mr Thurston, an agency worker, and Mr Avery, an employee, took the weight of approximately four slabs while the other workers tried to remove the slab they needed.

The slabs fell on the pair and Mr Thurston has been unable to return to physical work.

The company, of Durrant Road, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and pleaded guilty to failing to safely train the staff.

It was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £6,898 in costs.

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5:46pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Mike Pickering says...

Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ?
Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.
Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ? Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb. Mike Pickering
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6:37pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Humf says...

Sadly, this may be missed by most commentators as they will be focusing on other, more recent stories but glad I found your comment as chuckled heartily !
Sadly, this may be missed by most commentators as they will be focusing on other, more recent stories but glad I found your comment as chuckled heartily ! Humf
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7:12pm Wed 10 Oct 12

mikeymagic2 says...

Mike Pickering wrote:
Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ?
Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.
Very funny indeed.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Pickering[/bold] wrote: Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ? Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.[/p][/quote]Very funny indeed. mikeymagic2
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7:55pm Wed 10 Oct 12

pw1931 says...

saddening
not funny
saddening not funny pw1931
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8:07pm Wed 10 Oct 12

sunny1966 says...

Yet another Dorset Company who pay lip service to Health & Safety and totally laugh in the face of the law, there are plenty of them here in Dorset and it’s only a matter of time before some of them get their just deserts. Too tight to hire safety professionals to advise on Health and Safety and conduct a bit of risk management, Employers have to abide by the law and also have a moral responsibility to ensure the health safety and welfare of their employees is put first and foremost. I’m glad companies such as this end up paying the price, tight gits
Yet another Dorset Company who pay lip service to Health & Safety and totally laugh in the face of the law, there are plenty of them here in Dorset and it’s only a matter of time before some of them get their just deserts. Too tight to hire safety professionals to advise on Health and Safety and conduct a bit of risk management, Employers have to abide by the law and also have a moral responsibility to ensure the health safety and welfare of their employees is put first and foremost. I’m glad companies such as this end up paying the price, tight gits sunny1966
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9:17pm Wed 10 Oct 12

EGHH says...

And this Government is trying to reduce Health and Safety at work. This shows how important it is!
And this Government is trying to reduce Health and Safety at work. This shows how important it is! EGHH
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7:07am Thu 11 Oct 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

mikeymagic2 wrote:
Mike Pickering wrote: Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ? Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.
Very funny indeed.
Very good. Very good indeed. Have to go, the Ark of the Covenant needs polishing...........
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[quote][p][bold]mikeymagic2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Pickering[/bold] wrote: Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ? Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.[/p][/quote]Very funny indeed.[/p][/quote]Very good. Very good indeed. Have to go, the Ark of the Covenant needs polishing........... ........ Letcommonsenseprevail
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8:55am Thu 11 Oct 12

pw1931 says...

You have ruined this thread
WHY
why do you talk nonsense
you got too much time you
sad bred boredo
You have ruined this thread WHY why do you talk nonsense you got too much time you sad bred boredo pw1931
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9:15am Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos?
boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos? Dorset Logic
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10:27am Thu 11 Oct 12

LolaBear says...

Dorset Logic wrote:
boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos?
No, it's a wine drunk exclusively by those who failed to achieve a grade C or above in their English Language GCSE. Obviously.
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Logic[/bold] wrote: boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos?[/p][/quote]No, it's a wine drunk exclusively by those who failed to achieve a grade C or above in their English Language GCSE. Obviously. LolaBear
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12:30pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

That's Ok then
I was worried is was one of those people who masturbate over the dictionary.
That's Ok then I was worried is was one of those people who masturbate over the dictionary. Dorset Logic
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12:40pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

and shouldn't it be comma Obviously?
and shouldn't it be comma Obviously? Dorset Logic
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12:41pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

grunt grunt
grunt grunt Dorset Logic
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12:41pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

grunt grunt
grunt grunt Dorset Logic
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12:41pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dorset Logic says...

grunt grunt
grunt grunt Dorset Logic
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12:42pm Thu 11 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

Mike Pickering wrote:
Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ?
Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.
Gets my vote for 'Post of the month'.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Pickering[/bold] wrote: Is this the same company that was fined last year, when an employee suffered a slipped disk after being run over by a large stone ball inside a pyramid ? Honestly, it's been one thing after another since the owner discovered that ancient map and starting hiring people to investigate that massive tomb.[/p][/quote]Gets my vote for 'Post of the month'. scrumpyjack
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1:20pm Thu 11 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

LolaBear wrote:
Dorset Logic wrote:
boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos?
No, it's a wine drunk exclusively by those who failed to achieve a grade C or above in their English Language GCSE. Obviously.
Class.
[quote][p][bold]LolaBear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dorset Logic[/bold] wrote: boredo, is that the one with mince beef and tacos?[/p][/quote]No, it's a wine drunk exclusively by those who failed to achieve a grade C or above in their English Language GCSE. Obviously.[/p][/quote]Class. scrumpyjack
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1:21pm Thu 11 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

pw1931 wrote:
saddening
not funny
Do you go around saying "I'm 81 you know" a lot?
[quote][p][bold]pw1931[/bold] wrote: saddening not funny[/p][/quote]Do you go around saying "I'm 81 you know" a lot? scrumpyjack
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1:41am Fri 12 Oct 12

Phixer says...

sunny1966 wrote:
Yet another Dorset Company who pay lip service to Health & Safety and totally laugh in the face of the law, there are plenty of them here in Dorset and it’s only a matter of time before some of them get their just deserts. Too tight to hire safety professionals to advise on Health and Safety and conduct a bit of risk management, Employers have to abide by the law and also have a moral responsibility to ensure the health safety and welfare of their employees is put first and foremost. I’m glad companies such as this end up paying the price, tight gits
Employees also have to abide by the law and are equally responsible not only for their own 'health & safety' but that of their co-workers.
[quote][p][bold]sunny1966[/bold] wrote: Yet another Dorset Company who pay lip service to Health & Safety and totally laugh in the face of the law, there are plenty of them here in Dorset and it’s only a matter of time before some of them get their just deserts. Too tight to hire safety professionals to advise on Health and Safety and conduct a bit of risk management, Employers have to abide by the law and also have a moral responsibility to ensure the health safety and welfare of their employees is put first and foremost. I’m glad companies such as this end up paying the price, tight gits[/p][/quote]Employees also have to abide by the law and are equally responsible not only for their own 'health & safety' but that of their co-workers. Phixer
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