Blackpool firm prosecuted for worker’s fall from ladder
The owner of a Blackpool double-glazing firm has pleaded guilty to breaking health & safety at work laws after a 68 year old employee sustained serious injuries in a fall from a ladder at work. The injured worker suffered multiple injuries and has been unable to return to work since the accident in April 2011.
The worker fell almost 5 metres after falling from a ladder whilst working for Direct Window Co. An investigation into the accident by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the worker had been allowed to work alone without anyone ‘footing’ the ladder to prevent it falling.
The owner of Direct Window Co, Craig Goss, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to ensure the work was properly planned, adequately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was fined Mr Goss £8,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs on 23 November 2011 in respect of the breaches.
The HSE has confirmed that last year 38 workers were killed and more than 4,000 suffered major injuries in falls at work. Falls from height account for a significant number of serious injuries sustained in accidents at work.
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