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Worker falls from height after using safety cage

working platformMay 5th 2013. A Gloucester electrical products manufacturer has been fined for breaking safety legislation after an employee was injured in a fall at work.

The employee aged 63, from Tuffley, was helping remove redundant plant and equipment at the company when the incident happened on 28 March 2012.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard today (22 April) that the injured man was dismantling a large dis-used oven, the flue of which extended into the ceiling space. Sections of the flue were being removed using a forklift cage to gain access.

During the operation the employee left the cage to get onto the roof of the oven. As the stack was being moved it toppled and knocked him 2.5 metres to the ground. He fractured his arm and suffered concussion. He was unable to return to work for five weeks.

An investigation by HSE found there was no documented plan or risk assessment for the task, which was unsupervised, or for any of the other removal works taking place. In addition, the employee operating the fork lift truck was not trained to do so.

The company of Unit 1 Permali Park, Bristol Road, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,569.

Further information about working safely at height can be found here.

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