Logistics firm fined by HSE for not providing safeguards.

A company has been found guilty of breaching Work at Height Regulations 2005 after failing to provide adequate safeguards to prevent its workers from falling from its lorries. The logistics firm was investigated following an incident whereby a lorry driver fell from a flat-bed trailer breaking his hip in three places back in February last year.

The 60 year-old man has needed two steel pins inserted into his hip to repair the damage and he was dependant on crutches and unable to return to work for 6 months.

The accident happened when the lorry driver was collecting pallets of bricks from the warehouse for delivery. He was advised to protect the pallets by covering them with a protective sheet which he did by balancing on the edge of the trailer. As he pulled the sheet over the load he slipped and fell 1.5 metres onto the ground below.

The HSE found that the company had not taken into consideration the lack of space which prevented the trailer’s edge protection barriers from being raised and by instructing the worker to protect and cover the load they had breached Health and Safety laws by not providing safeguards to prevent a fall.

The logistics company has been issued an enforcement notice to embed preventative measures in the workplace which they have adhered to by providing two gantries to provide edge protection for working on the trailers of this type.

The company was fined £15,000, ordered to pay £4,285 in costs.

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