Platform became dislodged as men tried to install motor…
An engineering firm has been prosecuted by the HSE after two of their employees were seriously injured after falling from a platform.
One of the men suffered a broken collarbone as a result of the fall and was absent from work for a total of six weeks, the other man bruised his eye and had cuts on the back of his head.
The incident occurred near Nuneaton on 5 July last year when the two men were working on installing a large motorised fan in a ceiling. The platform they were standing on became dislodged as they attempted to put the motor into the fan and they fell a total of 2.2 m to the ground below.
The subsequent HSE investigation revealed that the company had failed to implement the necessary safety measures for working at heights.
Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard the company didn’t even take action after the fall at the site and waited until the work was completed to deal with the safety risks. The court also heard there was an additional risk at the site as the employees of the company had to work around a void which was big enough for any of them to fall through and sustain serious injury.
The engineering company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined a total of £12,000 in addition to costs of £9,305.
Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Alison Cook said:
“The two employees were lucky not to have been more badly injured in the fall, especially after landing the way they did with their head and upper body taking the brunt of the impact.
“The company should have planned the work properly, and had they done so the incident could have been avoided. Instead they put six workers at unnecessary risk and fell far short of the legal standard required when planning and organising such complex maintenance work at height.
“Last year more than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries after falling from height at work. Work at height should always be properly planned.”
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