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Company Fined after Worker Falls from Shipping Container

A Somerset man suffered serious personal injury, when he was blown from the top of a shipping container by a gust of wind.

Sixty four year old Barry Walton, from Taunton, was working for Vion Foods UK Ltd, at their food manufacturing plant in Wiveliscombe and was standing on top of the container unloading metal sheeting from a fork lift truck.

Taunton Magistrates court was told that a gust of wind unbalanced the employee and he fell almost two and a half metres to the ground below.

Mr. Walton was off work for several weeks, after breaking his ribs and damaging muscles in his shoulder and his leg.

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that Vion Foods had not carried out a proper risk assessment of the work involved and although the worker was being supervised, he had not received adequate training in working at height.

Vion Foods UK Ltd was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a total of £4,400 in court costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Taunton Magistrates court.

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