A contractor was seriously injured when he fell from a makeshift work platform.
The unnamed 34 year old was working at Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd in November 2011, when he was injured in the accident. He was tasked with replacing a light fitting that was seven metres off the ground.
To get up to the height of the fitting, he was using a makeshift work platform. This consisted of a metal cage that had been mounted onto a wooden pallet. This pallet was then lifted up by the forks of reach truck whilst the man stood on it.
As the man was working on the fitting, the cage moved sideways and came off the forks of the truck that was lifting it. This caused the man to fall seven metres to the ground. The man was severely injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
He fractured his skull, leg and back in the fall. Theses injuries continue to have an effect on his life, as he still needs crutches to walk despite it being nearly a year since the accident. He has also undergone physiotherapy but has so far been unable to return to work.
The HSE investigated and found numerous safety failings that led to the accident. The work platform lacked any means to secure it to the truck’s forks. The company also had no risk assessment or safe system of work in place for the work that led to the accident.
Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd pleaded guilty last week to breaking work at height and health and safety regulations. They were subsequently fined £12,000.