Two teenage employees suffered serious personal injury, after they fell from a makeshift lifting platform at a manufacturing company in Derbyshire.
Derby Crown Court was told that the two eighteen year old agency workers were working for Storetec Limited, at their depot on the Sawpit Lane Industrial Estate in Tibshelf, when they fell from the platform which was attached to the forks of a fork lift truck.
Leon Payne, from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and a colleague, who has not been named, were on top of the platform depositing scrap into a skip but as the platform was being lowered back towards the ground it became snagged, dragging it off the trucks forks and sending both platform and workers plummeting almost four and a half metres to the ground below.
Mr. Payne suffered a broken back in the fall, while his unnamed colleague suffered two broken heels.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), discovered that company director Brian Crossan, had designed the platform but it did not adhere to safety guidelines, as the platform did not properly fit the trucks fork extensions and was not adequately secured.
Storetec Limited was fined £22,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Mr. Crossan was fined £3,500 after admitting a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.