Telford Company Fined After Serious Work Accident

A Shropshire based firm who hire out safety equipment for people working at heights has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he fell from a cherry picker. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted UK Platforms Ltd after an incident at the companies’ main depot in Telford. 

Telford’s Magistrates’ Court heard how a 42-year-old man, who wishes to remain unnamed, was standing on the cherry picker’s engine cover to repair the mechanical arm when he fell 2 metres, landing on a concrete floor. 

He suffered a compression fracture to his skull, which then caused bleeding on his brain and also fractured four of his vertebrae, four ribs and his collarbone. 

He was hospitalised for two weeks following the incident and has not been able to return to work since the work accident happened in March 2011. 

HSE’s investigation found that that UK Platforms had failed to plan or supervise the work properly and that the accident victim was working with no protection to stop him from falling from the machine. 

They were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £5,888 costs.

A spokesperson from the investigation said, “Almost a year after this entirely avoidable incident, a man is still unable to work and may not make a full recovery from these life-changing injuries.

“Companies must ensure that work at height is properly planned and supervised and carried out safely to prevent falls. If UK Platforms had used another powered access platform alongside the cherry picker, the incident would never have happened.”

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