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Company Fined After Worker Seriously Injured In Fall From Height

Posted: 15/11/2016

A waste equipment maintenance company has been fined after one of its workers was seriously injured in a fall from height.

The Buckinghamshire-based firm received a £30,000 fine and was ordered to pay costs of £8,995 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the incident, which saw a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturn, causing serious head injuries to a worker. This incident occurred during the dismantling of a compactor during January 2015.

The worker and his colleague were in the MEWP at the time and were working on the compactor, when a large piece of cladding came into contact with the platform, causing it to fall over and as a result suffered a fractured skull and two fractured ribs, resulted in a two-month stay in hospital.

The HSE investigation into the incident found serious failings on the part of the company concerned, including that no risk assessment for the work had been carried out. Also highlighting that the MEWP being used was only suitable for internal work, but was being used externally and that employees were not trained in how to use MEWPs and that they didn’t know how to erect tower scaffolding safely.

Falls from height can result in serious consequences, as demonstrated in another recent HSE prosecution, where a man died after falling through a factory skylight seven metres above the ground.

Training and following best practice is key to preventing such incidents. If you or any of your employees work within the renewables and offshore wind sectors, the GWO working at heights course will provide an ideal insight and practical experiences of what it is to experience working at height. Talk to us at HFR Solutions CIC to find out more about the working at height courses we run and how we can help keep your employees safe.