A Northampton company has been fined following a serious work injury at a school in Lincolnshire.
The UK Lift Company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs after the company’s assistant site manager Michael Richards fell down a lift shaft while assisting a colleague.
Mr Richards broke his pelvis and suffered several fractures and ligament damage as a result of the incident, which took place in February 2008.
Prosecuting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Judith McNulty-Green advised firms that injury compensation claims can easily be avoided with a suitable risk assessment.
"Those measures in this case would have ideally been locating the working platform on the second floor or installing barriers and signage," she added.
It follows last month’s prosecution of a partner in the Beechdean Dairies partnership after an employee broke his wrists when he fell off a link roof he was working on.