Company fined for not ensuring safety of employees working at height

Two employees have been injured after falling from a height whilst working for an agricultural services company. The employees were working at a farm, installing roof beams via a forklift telehandler truck when the incident happened.

Following the accident the HSE investigated the events leading up to accident and found that the workers were attaching roof beams to a steel structure whilst standing inside a raised man riding basket fitted to a forklift telehandler truck. Unfortunately the basket attachment malfunctioned and dropped the workers three metres onto the floor below.

The HSE’s evidence to the Magistrates Court found that workers company had failed to do the necessary safety checks on the basket and that the equipment used was not suitable anyway for the high risk work. No risk assessments had been correctly carried out, no supervision had been organised and no suitable equipment for working at height had been provided either.

Both men were seriously injured after the fall but made a full recovery and have now returned to work. As a result of pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the Company was fined £5000 with £10,147 in costs.

An HSE inspector commented after the hearing: “It was the responsibility of the company, to ensure that work at height was planned and carried out in a safe manner. Two workers suffered serious injury as a result of the use of inappropriate work equipment which significantly increased the risk of an accident.
“I hope employers take note of this case and ensure that work at height, including the selection of appropriate equipment is planned in detail and managed closely so as to prevent accidents to workers”

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