Cornwall news Groundworker lost arm after disc cutter kicked back, court hears UK news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - MJL Contractors, the company responsible for groundworkers at the Bodmin site, is on trial at Truro Crown Court
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A groundworker lost an arm after being tasked to break down a reinforced beam with a disc cutter, a court has heard. Morgan Prosser, 31 at the time, suffered the horrific injury in spring 2017 while under the watch of Helston-based company MJL Contractors. MJL Contractors is currently on trial at Truro Crown Court charged with a risk to health and safety offence in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive. Prosecuting the case, Sean Brunton, QC, described how the incident took place at the Borough View Wainhomes development in Bodmin and that Mr Prosser was one of the groundworkers managed and supervised by MJL. Mr Prosser, usually a tipper driver, had been at the side for five weeks and was described as “a conscientious worker”. On the day in question he was using a disc cutter which kicked back and severed an artery, muscle and tendon resulting in his right arm being amputated. Mr Brunton said: “Mr Prosser went through a number of operations but had to have his arm amputated, something that had a drastic effect on his work prospects and personal life. “Some accidents are wholly a coincidence whereas some could have been avoided and we say this is one such accident. People are entitled to work in a place that is safe to carry out tasks that have been properly considered and risk assessments carried out. “This task (the cutting of the beams) was a dangerous one and not a usual one.” You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. Mr Brunton added that the task was never planned or discussed among supervisors and that no risk assessment had been carried out, going on to say that Mr Prosser, who was hired through an agency, lost his arm “needlessly”.
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.” The court was told how Mr Prosser hadn’t any certification to operate such a saw and never had before. The set of circumstances came about after an MJL employee had wrongly stacked the beams used for house foundation, causing them to bend and crack.
The Health and Safety Executive claims that, to save a few hundred quid, Mr Prosser was asked to cut them down so they could be used for another job that required shorter beams. After being asked to carry out the task without specific instructions, Mr Prosser was said to have been left to his own devices with catastrophic consequences. Mr Brunton said: “MJL could have ordered more beams and prevented this risky task taking place at all. Mr Prosser was asked to carry out the task to save money and cut the beams for use in different houses.” The manner in which the beams were cut, several at a time, with them hovering off the ground was also something Mr Brunton said was likely to lead to injury. Mr Brunton claims that no MJL risk assessment existed for the cutter and that once the task cropped up, one should have been put in place. MJL Contactors managing director Matt Lugg is in court on behalf of the company. MJL Contactors denies any wrongdoing. The trial continues.
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