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Welsh firm fined after worker fall

16th February 2010 | Warning Signs

A company from west Wales has been penalised after a worker fell and injured himself, illustrating the importance of using warning signs.

Tregroes Waffle Bakery Ltd was fined £1,750 and ordered to pay £1,374 costs at a hearing at Llanelli Magistrates Court as result of a November 2008 incident which occurred at the company's factory.

A female worker fell more than four feet, and suffered a fractured rib, bruising and a cut leg while cleaning a flour hopper, highlighting the need for health and safety signs.

An investigation found that she would have fallen nearly twice as far had she not landed on a bulk container directly below.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Scott McKinnon said: "The employee was exposed to unnecessary risk as there was nothing to stop her falling. Many serious – and sometimes fatal – injures are caused by falls from distances below head height."

Recently, West Midlands man Ken Bradley, who was operating on a ladder at a house in Dudley in July 2006 when he slipped and fell to the floor, warned firms to use precautions, such as warning signs, to avoid workplace accidents.

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