Firm fined after 7m fall carrying bucket of cement on access ladder

A Norfolk roofing contractor has been prosecuted after a worker fell 7m from a scaffold access ladder. Kings Lynn Magistrates Court heard how the workman was assisting with removing waste, mixing cement and bringing tools up to colleagues.

The workman climbed the ladder carrying a cement filled bucket, with a radio attached to it, on his shoulder. He lost his balance and fell approximately 7m to the ground.

HSE investigators found that the company failed to adequately plan work at height which involved manual handling of construction materials and waste up and down scaffold ladders.

Worker left without the full use of hands

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) (a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,582 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing the HSE Inspector said:

“The risk of falls from ladders is well known. Ladders are being frequently misused where often better specifically designed equipment is easily available. This incident which has left a worker without the full use of his hands could have been easily avoided if a ‘gin wheel’ had been installed on the scaffold platform to transport tools and other”