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Bus firm fined after worker fall

25th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Alexander Dennis Ltd, a major international bus and coach manufacturer based in Edinburgh, has been prosecuted after an employee fell from a gantry that was unsuitable for the work he was carrying out.

The 55-year-old employee was working on the exterior of a double-decker bus, two metres up, when he fell and hit the ground. He suffered head injuries, a broken and dislocated elbow and a fractured big toe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the firm had not provided a safe method for employees to work at height. The gantries used were also deemed unsuitable for this kind of work due to them not having a gate or bar fitted to the access steps.

In addition, the employees had no training to work at height. Workers should always be made aware of the possible risks of their job through education and safety signage.

Alexander Dennis Ltd pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations and the Management of Health and Safety Regulations. It was fined £26,800 and ordered to pay £5,286 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801697125-ADNFCR


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