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Telehandler incident leaves man with leg injuries

6th July 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A farming company from East Riding has been fined £3,000 after one of its workers suffered serious leg injuries in a workplace accident.

The 57-year-old employee was clearing guttering on a building at Bainton Heights Farm on May 14th 2008 when he attempted to move from a ladder to a telehandler.

A colleague who was operating the machine attached a grain bucket for the man to stand in, but as it was being raised, the operator inadvertently tipped him out.

After falling three metres to the ground, the man broke and dislocated his right ankle, fractured his shin and partially fractured his heel, requiring over a month of treatment in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a guardrail at the front of the bucket had not been installed properly, highlighting the importance of using safety signs.

The man's employer, RJ Baker & Co, admitted to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Bridlington Magistrates' Court and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay the same again in costs.

"This farm worker suffered horrific injuries following his fall at Bainton Heights Farm," commented HSE inspector Carol Downes.

"He was extremely lucky to survive the fall and if he had landed head-first he could easily have been killed."

The HSE recently urged farmers not to use the buckets of telehandlers to drive in fencing posts under any circumstances.

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