Firm fined after worker breaks back in fall from height
A waste management firm in Stourbridge has been fined £12,000 after one of its workers sustained serious injuries in a fall from height, underlining the importance of safety signs.
The AB Waste Management employee narrowly avoided a crushing machine in a three-metre fall when a guard-rail gave way at the Junction Works site in Darlaston on June 6th 2009.
Walsall & Aldridge Magistrates' Court heard that the man suffered a broken spine in two places, plus several deep cuts to his head, which eventually required skin grafts.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined and ordered to pay £1,836 in costs.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Gardabl Singh Tiwana said: "The worker was seriously let down by his employers, who failed to maintain the safety measures that were supposed to protect him.
"The employee could easily have been killed if he'd fallen into the crushing machine when it was in operation."
A disproportionately high number of Britons suffer serious or fatal injuries every year in falls from height in the workplace, according to the HSE.
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