A national bread maker, has been fined £2 million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall from height in 2013.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard the employee was carrying out routine mixing machine cleaning, undertaken every few weeks when he lost his footing and fell nearly 2m to the floor below.
Unbalanced and “braced” to stop falling
HSE investigators found the company routinely expected their workers to access the top of the mixers to undertake the cleaning tasks. The workers were often unbalanced and would brace themselves to stop themselves from falling.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £ 2 million and ordered to pay costs of £19,609.28.
HSE inspector Mahesh Mahey said
“This case highlights how important it is for companies to fully assess the risks from work activities at height and to take appropriate action to prevent injury in the workplace.
This should have been prevented, falls from height is one of the biggest killers in the workplace and even falls from low levels can be extremely dangerous. The injured man’s life has been changed forever but he his injuries could have been more severe.”