Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court has fined an Essex based company £3000 with £1926 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how an employee of a die casting and injection moulding firm, fell from a machine has highlighted significant safety failings.
The worker suffered fractures to his elbow, forearm and thumb and sustained injuries to his eye socket.
The employee needed a five week hospital stay.
The HSE told the court that the worker was cleaning a moulding machine when he stepped onto some mobile steps, which slid away causing him to fall approximately one metre to the ground.
The HSE reported that the worker had not been adequately trained or supervised, the equipment used to access the machine was not suitable and the risk assessment was inadequate.
After the case was heard Glyn Davies from the HSE said:
“This prosecution should send a strong message to employers that work at height must be properly planned, appropriately supervised, and carried out safely.”
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