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Recycling firm failed to protect worker from injury

A Croydon-based recycling firm has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker sustained an industrial injury when he fell four metres through a chute.

The 22-year-old student was working part-time at the firm to help fund his studies when he fell through the chute into a waste-storage bay. It is reported that he suffered minor injuries in accident.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that the company had neglected to put measures in place which would have protected employees from a work at height accident.

The firm had previously received advice about how to control the risks of working at height, but had failed to take action.

Following the hearing, an HSE inspector stated that employers should have clear site rules and ensure that they are enforced to help prevent this type of accident at work.

The company was ordered to pay a £20,000 fine by the end of the week for failing to protect staff from sustaining an industrial injury.


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