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Muller UK Employee Injured in Accident at Work

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A dairy manufacturer in Market Drayton has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an accident at work incident, in which a worker sustained serious injuries when he fell from height.

Incident

Manchester Crown Court heard that on 8th July 2015, an employee of Muller UK and Ireland Group LLP (Muller UK), along with the assistance of two of his colleagues, was changing the refrigeration gas of a set of chilled storage units.

All three men were carrying out the work whilst stood in the roof void of a building that housed the chilled storage units at the firm’s premises on Lake Road, Trafford Park. The worker in question was stood on a fragile roof panel when he fell. He sustained serious injuries to his head and body after falling 15 feet through the void between the chilled unit and the building shell.

HSE Investigation

An investigation into the incident by the HSE found that despite having instructed numerous employees to carry out the same work on numerous occasions previously; Muller UK had not provided the workers with any information regarding the fragile roof panels.

HSE’s investigation also found that no risk assessment was carried out by Muller UK before permitting access to the roof void. The roof panels were not clearly visible and there were no warning markings or barriers in place to prevent access to the fragile panels.

Furthermore, the company had not shared any information regarding the presence of fragile roof panels prior to work starting.

Sentencing

Muller UK and Ireland Group LLP, of Tern Valley Business Park, Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. the company was fined a total of £400,000 and ordered to pay £9,336.90 costs.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll said after the hearing:

“This case highlights how important it is that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is undertaken for all work at height and work within roof voids, to identify the potential for fragile panels to be present. Falls from height through fragile roofs remain a common cause of life changing or fatal injuries for individuals at work”

Accident at Work – Expert Advice

Accident at work compensation may be available if you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault. Your accident at work compensation claim could also include any instance of illness linked to your past or present working conditions. More information can be found via our ‘Accidents at Work’ page.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Roofing Firm Fined after Worker Falls from Height

An Exeter based roofing business has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker fell through a skylight.

In November 2014, three employees were working on an asbestos cement roof when one worker fell about three meters to the ground below. He suffered injuries to his hip, wrist and his head.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the work had not been properly supervised or planned.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Haran Limited, of Clyst Road, Exeter, Devon, was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,070.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Director Falls Through Skylight in Accident at Work

Two firms have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a director suffered serious injuries after falling through a skylight in an accident at work.

Incident

Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard Touch Access Limited (TAL) was contracted to clean out the roof gutters of buildings at the site of Beagle Technology Group Limited (BTGL) on 11 July 2013.

The company director of TAL was carrying out the work when he lost his balance and fell through a plastic skylight. The director suffered a broken elbow, cuts to his face and broke both wrists after falling approximately fifteen feet.

HSE investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that BTGL had failed to provide TAL with sufficient information regarding the potential risks workers might be exposed to whilst carrying out the work at height.

The investigation also found that TAL had failed to ensure that the work was carried out safely and with proper planning.

Outcome & Fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Touch Access Limited, of Wordsworth Avenue, Bournemouth, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,144.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Beagle Technology Group Limited, of Stony Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,144.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Damien Milbourne said:

“Working on roofs is a high risk activity because it involves working at height. Falls through fragile materials, such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more deaths as a result of falling from height than any other single cause.

“The risks of working on fragile roofs are well-known, but so too are the ways to manage those risks, and all parties involved with work on fragile roofs must ensure the work is correctly planned and managed to ensure the safety of all involved.”

Accident at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have an accident at work claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk

Source: Health & Safety Executive