An adhesive tape manufacturer based in Essex has been prosecuted, after an employee suffered serious injuries in a fall from height accident.
The thirty four year old employee, who has asked not to be named, was attempting to change a light fitting at the Colchester premises of Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court was told that the employee was working from a makeshift platform, which consisted of a metal cage that had been placed on a wooden pallet and raised into position by a reach truck.
Unfortunately as he started work the cage toppled over, falling off the vehicles forks and sending the employee plummeting a distance of seven metres to the concrete floor below.
He suffered serious personal injury in the fall, including a fractured skull and fractures to his back, leg and wrist, he was hospitalised for ten days following the incident and required surgery.
The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an investigation revealed that the work platform used, lacked the necessary safety measures to help prevent a fall.
Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd, of the Whitehall Industrial Estate, in Colchester, Essex, received a £12,000 fine, after admitting breaching Health and Safety Regulations.
Fall from height accidents, are one of the biggest causes of work related serious injuries and fatalities in the UK today.