Video footage films worker lifted in telehandler bucket
May 21st 2014. The owner of a skip hire firm in Bacup has been fined after he was filmed putting an employee’s life in danger by lifting him in a telehandler bucket.
He was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a concerned member of the public videoed the incident at the company on Newchurch Road on 1 May 2013.
Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard that the owner, 44 from Rossendale, and an employee had been trying to remove a small piece of damaged plywood above the main shutter doors. No measures were put in place to prevent the worker falling around four metres from the bucket to the ground below.
The court was told much safer methods of carrying out the work were available on the site. These included attaching a man riding cage to the front of the vehicle or simply using a ladder.
The owner previously received a warning from HSE less than two months before the incident after the same employee was witnessed riding on top of a fully laden skip wagon as it reversed into the site.
The owner, of West View Road in Rossendale, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,039 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 on 16 May 2014.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David Myrtle said:
“Falls from height are a major cause of workplace deaths in Great Britain. It’s for this reason that HSE takes work at height seriously and expects employers to do the same.
He knew that raising his employee in the bucket of the telehandler was wrong but thought that since the job would only take a minute it would be ok. That minute has cost him dearly but had the employee fallen from the bucket then the cost to him and his family would have been immeasurable. It’s never ok to put someone’s life in danger – no matter how long it lasts.”
Watch the video here. (Opens in new window)