Manufacturing firm fined after fall accident

A manufacturing firm based in Essex has been prosecuted after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was involved in an industrial accident.

The 34-year-old was working on a makeshift platform, which was constructed out of a metal cage and a wooden pallet, to replace a light fitting. He was being lifted by a reach truck, however, the cage moved sideways on the vehicle's forks and he fell seven metres to the ground.

The man had to spend ten days in hospital following the accident in November 2011 and he sustained multiple fractures to his skull, leg, back, and wrist in the incident. He still requires the use of crutches and is undergoing treatment to aid his recovery.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that the work platform used had lacked essential safeguards and none of the company's drivers had received training in lifting persons.

The company had also failed to carry out a risk assessment or safe working procedure to protect workers from personal injury.

The company was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,806 for neglecting to protect workers from suffering an industrial accident.


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