A door fitting firm based in Leicestershire has been prosecuted, after an employee fell from a makeshift platform, attached to a forklift truck.
The thirty nine year old employee, who has not been named, was working for Multi Industrial Doors Ltd (MIDL), of Burbage and was fitting a roller shutter door to a farm building in West Firsby, Lincoln.
Lincoln Magistrates Court was told that the worker, along with a colleague, had strapped a potato crate to the forks of a forklift truck, which acted as a makeshift platform that was raised into position to allow a motor to be fixed to the wall.
Unfortunately as the employee was attaching the motor, the potato crate tipped up and sent him plummeting five metres to the ground below, with the crate crashing down on top of him.
The worker suffered fractures to his elbow, wrist, heel and ankle in the fall, which kept him away from his job for almost three months.
The company was prosecuted after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and discovered that MIDL had failed to properly plan the work involved.
Multi Industrial Doors Ltd admitted a breach of the Work at Height Regulations and was fined £1,000.