Car Parts Firm Fined After Fall

Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 says that when work is being carried out at height employers must make sure there are sufficient measures in place to prevent any person falling from a height which would cause injury while they work. This regulation must be followed by employers if they wish not to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.  Unfortunately not all employers meet the Regulations as they fail their employers who are therefore put at risk and often unnecessarily injured and sometimes even killed from falls in the workplace.

A recent court case involving a car parts firm in Essex shows how one employee was injured to do the failings of his employers.  The unnamed man was working for Auto Plas in Hawkwell when the incident occurred.  The man was dismantling a mezzanine floor when he fell backwards through a hole in the floor. The man tried to break his fall with his hand which resulted in a serious cut and he also banged his head on the floor.  The worker had to have two weeks off work while he recovered from his injuries, and was very lucky not to have been more seriously injured.

No Risk Assessments or Safe Working Measures

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the fall and found the employers had failed to ensure the safety of the injured party and others working on site. Before any work at height is carried out a risk assessment must be performed.  This is to ensure that any hazards are found before work commences, and so safety measures and the right equipment can be arranged before anyone begins work. Unfortunately Auto-Plas had failed to perform a risk assessment and therefore there were no measures in place to prevent the employer from falling from a height as he worked.

Auto-Plas was therefore prosecuted and were summoned to court where they pleaded guilty.  For breaching the Work at Height Regulation the firm were fined £5,000.  They were also ordered to pay £200 to the injured employee and a victim surcharge of £15 on top of a £2502.45 bill for court costs.

Reduce the Risks for Your Employees

During 2010-2011 there were over 1,300 falls from heights which caused employees some serious injuries. It is essential that all employers follow legislation and regulation in order to keep their workers safe from harm. The Health and Safety Consultants are able to help companies work out their duties and policies in order to meet the demands of the Regulations and they can also provide training so that firms know what is expected of them both morally and legally.

Health and safety services can save lives, reduce accidents and incidents and save companies from being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.  If you would like to speak with health and safety consultants about the available services you can do so by calling our team of experts.  Simply call 0800 1488 677 today for help and advice.

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