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Employee fall highlights safety signs importance

30th November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

A London company has been prosecuted following an incident which resulted in a worker falling over four metres, illustrating the importance of safety signs.

EAT Ltd, from Fourth Way, Wembley Industrial Estate, Brent, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 at the City of London magistrates court as a result of the January 2007 incident.

It occurred when warehouse worker Chirag Ray was operating in a raised man-riding cage which was not properly fixed to a forklift truck and slipped off the forks, falling 4.6 metres and leaving him unconscious with swelling to the brain, a broken hand, broken elbow, cracked ribs and a dislocated knee, highlighting the need for safety signs.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Ravi Govin-Pillay commented: "On this occasion, Mr Ray was seriously injured and lucky to escape death. One of his colleagues narrowly avoided serious injury."

The incident follows the prosecution of Bracknell Roofing from Kent, which was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £2572.80 at Skegness magistrates court after using unsafe scaffolding which placed employees and the public at risk.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19485003-ADNFCR



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