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Warehouse fall results in major fine

3rd February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A logistics firm in Greater Manchester has has been fined £250,000 after a worker fell through a warehouse roof.

The incident occurred when the 48-year-old employee was cleaning out the guttering at Aramex Ltd on the Ringway Trading Estate near Manchester Airport in December 2011; after stepping on a fragile panel, he fell to the concrete floor below and suffered catastrophic injuries.

A subsequent investigation found that the man had been tasked with fixing a leak on the roof - a job that would have required safety measures such as placing boards over the fragile roof panels, using harnesses, erecting scaffolding or hiring a cherry picker.

However, neither the warehouse owner nor the man's employer, roofing contractor Gary Edwards, provided the necessary equipment, instead only issuing him with a pair of gloves.

After pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Aramex was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £20,000, while Mr Edwards received a four-month prison sentence suspended for one year.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801689471-ADNFCR


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