A chicken processing company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee broke his back in a fall from height accident.
Sixty one year old factory worker Peter Sherwood of Corton near Lowestoft was working at Crown Chicken Ltd’s factory in Weybread, Diss, when he fell two and a half metres from an un-secured ladder onto the concrete floor below.
Mr. Sherwood had to take six months off work after he broke vertebrae in the lower region of his spine and since returning to work has only been able to carry out light duties.
An investigation into the incident by the HSE revealed that Mr. Sherwood was undertaking maintenance work at the factory, which he had not been trained to do and which was not adequately supervised.
Crown Chicken Ltd was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £3,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, following a successful prosecution by the HSE.
Fall from height accidents remain one of the biggest causes of work related serious injury and death, last year alone thirty eight employees lost their life due to a fall from height accident.