Grantham firm fined over worker's fall from height
A company based in Grantham has been given a financial penalty after one of its employees suffered serious injuries in a fall from height.
The man was attempting to remove bird debris and clean the bell chamber at the Church of St Peter in Lenton on August 12th 2008 when he fell from the scaffolding.
Grantham Magistrates' Court heard that he plunged six metres to the ground and sustained five cracked vertebra, a broken pelvis and severe internal injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the man had been walking on scaffolding planks laid on rotten floorboards when the incident occurred.
The body noted that his employer, had not carried out a suitable risk assessment for the work and chose the wrong equipment.
After pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the company was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £4,774.
"This worker was extremely lucky to survive such a fall - but as a result he's been left with long-term injuries and unable to work," said HSE inspector Martin Giles.
Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths, which is why the HSE urges construction firms to invest in the appropriate warning signs for their sites.
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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