A paint manufacturer has been fined after one of its workers needed a back brace after being injured in a fall.
An accident happened at the premises of Intercoat Industrial Paints Ltd in Walsall during December 2011. Brian Sparrow was working to install a mezzanine floor some three metres above the ground.
The incident occurred when Mr Sparrow fell from an unguarded edge during this work. He had completed the framework for the floor and was attempting to fit metal plates onto this framework when he fell.
The fall caused Mr Sparrow to fracture two vertebrae. This injury required him to wear a back brace to help keep his back straight. On top of this, he suffered numerous minor injuries such as a bruised shoulder and broken tooth. He has been unable to return to work so far because of the injuries he suffered.
An investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive into the accident and the work to build the floor. It was discovered that the floor installation had not been properly planned, risk assessed or supervised. For example, employees were allowed to continue to work beneath the floor during its construction.
After a hearing at Walsall Magistrates’ Court this week, a HSE inspector stated that the accident was entirely preventable. After an admission by the company to breaking health and safety law, a fine of £3,000 was issued by magistrates.