Fall from height results in fine
W D Cormack and Sons, a partnership operating a haulage business, has been fined after a driver fell from a trailer to the ground.
Perth Sheriff Court heard that on 9 February 2016, the employee was securing a load of grain bags on a curtain-sider trailer, at Thormean Granary, Milnathort, when he fell 2.88 metres from the trailer to the ground. He sustained severe injuries as a result of the fall.
An investigation by HSE identified that there was a failure to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and a failure to provide and maintain a safe system of work.
W D Cormack and Sons of, Castletown, Thurso pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £8,000.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Norman Schouten said: “This incident could have been avoided by implementing effective measures to control work at height on trailers. Load securing systems, which allow drivers to secure loads from the ground, can be easily fitted to curtain-siders.”
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