A woman suffered serious personal injury, after falling through a hole at an egg supply company based in Shropshire.
The forty three year old egg packer, who has not been named, was working for Staveley’s Eggs Ltd, when she fell through the floor of a poultry barn.
Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court was told that floorboards on the barns upper floor had been removed during renovation work, however no warning signs had been posted and no one had informed the female employee that repair work was being undertaken.
As the woman walked through the door on the upper floor, she plunged through the gap left by the missing floorboards and fell a distance of over two metres onto the concrete floor below.
The unidentified worker shattered bones in both of her ankles and had to spend over a week in hospital, where she had metal plates surgically inserted to try and repair the damage.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that there were no safety measures in place to prevent a fall from height accident and a suitable risk assessment had not been carried out.
Staveley’s Eggs Ltd, of Stoke-on-Tern, in Market Drayton, was fined £25,000 after admitting a breach of Work at Height Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE.