Westminster Magistrates’ Court has fined a London based firm £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,563.72 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that an employee was injured after falling from a personnel cage. The worker was changing light fittings when the personnel cage was knocked over by an overhead crane.
The employee sustained cuts and bruises to his head, arms and right leg and needed a three week period of rest.
The court heard that at the time the worker was replacing the light fittings, pieces of steel were being moved in the factory by an overhead crane. During this process a piece of steel came into contact with the cage causing it to fall to the ground.
The HSE reported that the firm had failed to plan and supervise the work. Additionally, the HSE had previously provided information to the company regarding the use of personnel cages and overhead crane safety.
After the case was heard, Nick Faber from the HSE said:
“Working at height is always a high risk activity, especially in the presence of other work operations. It must always be planned and in this case even basic planning to identify the risk from overhead travelling cranes would have resulted in simple and effective control measures to prevent the foreseeable incident occurring.”
“Figures show that falls from height are a major cause of deaths and injury at work in the UK, with 19 workers killed and 2,895 suffering a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2013/14, 406 of these were from manufacturing industries.”
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