Lack of risk assessment leads to worker's fall from height
The need for a company to assess the risks of a working site and erect warning signs where relevant have been highlighted after an employee suffered serious injuries after falling from height.
The worker was cleaning a bell chamber at a church when falling six metres to the ground, which resulted in them breaking their pelvis, suffering five cracked ribs and encountering serious internal injuries.
It was determined that the staff member and a colleague had set up scaffolding planks to stand on to conduct the work in Lincolnshire, only to lay them on rotting floorboards which gave way.
Grantham Magistrates Court heard that the company had not adequately assessed any risks posed by the site and also had not ensured that right equipment was accessible to carry out the work safely.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Martin Giles said: "Falls from height are the biggest causes of workplace deaths.
"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."
Another HSE inspector, Martin Overstall, recently stated that the amount of incidents involving workers falling from height where precautions were minimal is becoming too much of a common occurrence.
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