Grain company fined after fall from work
Posted by Ben Alexander
Falls from height at work caused 4,000 major between 2008/09, and health and safety signage is an important part of alerting workers to dangers.
Recently, an animal grain company was fined after a worker fell from an excavator bucket onto a concrete floor.
The worker, who suffered head injuries after the fall, was preparing animal feed in conditions which an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed to be unsafe.
The HSE found that workers were at a height with no control measures to prevent them from falling, and the company had not carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks.
Stonehaven Sherrif Court fined the grain company £4,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Colin Leaver, a HSE inspector, said that the incident could be been prevented.
"There is no excuse for the company not to have carried out a straightforward risk assessment, nor to have agreed procedures for how this work was to be carried out safely."
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