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Boldon company faces fine after worker injury

23rd October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Boldon heating, ventilation and air conditioning firm has been fined after a member of staff suffered severe injuries in a fall.

HLA Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was found workers were not provided with the adequate equipment for working at height.

The HSE discovered that workers were not provided with a risk assessment or a method statement for the work, while they also failed to guarantee the work at height was planned properly.

The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £710.50 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE inspector Sal Brecken said: "Work at height is inherently fraught with risk. It is therefore essential that it is properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure it is carried out safely, and that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent falls and protect workers."

During 2012/13, 40 workers were killed and nearly 3,500 were seriously injured as a result of falls in the workplace.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801652579-ADNFCR


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