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HSE: Worker plunges over four feet after employees failed to apply safety procedures

21st April 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Falls from height at work caused 4,000 major injuries between 2008 and 2009, and health and safety signage plays an important part in preventing workplace accidents like these.

A worker suffered five broken vertebrae, a fractured skull and internal bleeding after plunging over four feet from a barn roof while replacing cement roof sheets.

The worker's employers, IFT Services Ltd were fined £4,000 with £2,000 costs after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that there was nothing to prevent the worker from falling.

Mansfield Magistrates' Court heard that the worker had been in a cage attached to a telehandler but had climbed out onto a scaffold board to take out nails from old panels.

Lee Greatorex, a HSE inspector, said that the fall could have been prevented if appropriate safety measures had been taken.

"Falls from height are the biggest causes of workplace deaths and it's crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient measures are put in place to protect staff from these risks." ADNFCR-2754-ID-800509642-ADNFCR


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