Yorkshire Council Fined for Accident at Work
East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) has been fined following an accident at work incident in which an employee was injured when he fell from a ladder.
On the day of the incident the employee in question was re-felting a porch roof. As he descended from the roof via a ladder he fell 2.4 meters to the ground below. The worker suffered two broken vertebrae during the incident on 23 April 2015.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and found that the ladder was not tied and that there was no protection in place to stop individuals falling from the porch roof.
HSE inspectors also found that the work had not been risk assessed and workers for ERYC were left to make decisions regarding safety and equipment themselves.
After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, East Riding of Yorkshire Council of County Hall, Beverley, Hull was fined a total of £40,000. The council was also ordered to pay costs of £664.
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Source: Health & Safety Executive