Worker fell from roof of unguarded cherry-picker12 September 2012
A company that hires out work-at-height equipment has admitted failing to plan work safely after one of its employees fell from a cherry-picker.
Telford Magistrates’ Court heard the incident took place at UK Platforms Ltd’s depot in Halesfield, Telford on 28 March last year. A 42-year-old worker was standing on the roof of a cherry-picker to repair its mechanical arm, when he slipped and fell two metres and landed on a concrete floor.
He suffered a fractured skull, which caused bleeding on his brain, and fractured four vertebrae, four ribs and his collarbone. He was unable to return to work for 12 months owing to his injuries.
The HSE visited the site the same day as the incident. It issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the work to stop until sufficient measures had been put in place to prevent falls.
The subsequent investigation found that the company had failed to plan or supervise the work. HSE inspector Katharine Walker said: “Companies must ensure that work at height is properly planned and supervised and carried out safely to prevent falls. If UK Platforms had used another powered-access platform alongside the cherry-picker, the incident would never have happened.
“It’s unacceptable to see such failings, particularly as UK Platforms hires out access equipment for working safely at height and therefore should have known how to carry out this job.”
UK Platforms appeared in court yesterday (11 September) and pleaded guilty to breaching reg.4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £8000 and ordered to pay £5888 in costs.
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