A fine has been issued to a Shropshire company after a man was injured in a fall from a cherry picker.
The unnamed 42 year old worker was employed by UK Platforms Ltd when he was injured in the accident in March 2011. The company hires out equipment for people to safely work at height. Such equipment includes cherry pickers, telehandlers and scissor lifts.
The man was working on repairing the mechanical arm of a cherry picker when the incident happened. He was stood on the engine canopy of the machine when he fell off and landed on the concrete floor two metres below.
He was rushed to hospital where he spent the next two weeks undergoing treatment for various injuries. He had fractured his skull, collarbone, four vertebrae and ribs, as well as suffering from bleeding on the brain. The injuries have stopped him from working since the accident.
The Health and Safety Executive investigation after the accident confirmed that there was no safety protection to stop the man from falling. The work was also not planned and supervised properly. A HSE inspector has stated that the work could have easily been carried out safely by using one of the firm’s other platforms to reach the height of the mechanical arm.
The company was at Telford Magistrate’s Court this week, and pleaded guilty to breaking work at height regulations. They were issued with a fine for £8,000.