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Worker seriously injured in fall from forklift

19th June 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A man has been seriously injured in an accident caused by poor planning and ignoring safety precautions. He was undertaking electrical work on behalf of a contractor for Summit Chairs Ltd when he suffered a four-metre fall. Summit Chairs has been fined, along with its sales director Roy Gurney.

The employee was attempting to perform some work at height, but the company's scissor lift was unavailable to lift him up. Mr Gurney suggested using a metal cage balanced on the forks of a forklift truck to raise the employee.

The cage was not secured, and caused the worker to fall four metres onto the ground below. He suffered severe internal bruising and fractured his right wrist and eye socket.

Both Summit Chairs and Mr Gurney were charged with breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They both pleaded guilty. The firm was fined £7,500 with £4,000 costs, and Mr Gurney was fined £3,000 with £1,315 costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801729358-ADNFCR


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