Perth Sheriff Court has fined a Lichfield based company £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) detailed how two employees aged 35 and 21 years, fell approximately four metres when a portable spray booth they were working on collapsed.
The first employee sustained multiple fractures to both of his feet. A four week hospital stay was required and he still has difficulty standing for long periods of time. The second worker sustained multiple spinal and ankle fractures. Additionally, soft tissue damage was extensive in other parts of his body. The worker still requires ongoing surgery and has to wear a full body spinal cast.
The HSE told the court that the company was aware that the roof of the spray booth was fragile and that the task of fitting an extractor fan would require staff to access the roof. However, despite this knowledge they failed to provide any suitable training or implement safe working practices.
Furthermore, no risk assessment or site visit was made to assess site specific dangers.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Norman Buchanan said:
“This was an entirely avoidable incident. Falling from height is one of the most common reasons for injuries and fatalities at work.”
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