An incident at a Northumberland malting firm has prompted the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to warn companies that they expose themselves to injury compensation claims and fines if they fail to ensure safe working at height.
Simpsons Malt employee John Weatherburn was injured after falling from the forks of a forklift truck while he attempted to repair a roller shutter door.
An investigation found that Mr Weatherburn had been standing on a pallet while he worked, which has killed or seriously injured many people in the past.
HSE principal inspector Richard Bulmer commented that with an alternative such as the safe use of a ladder or a mobile scaffold, the incident could easily have been avoided.
"The method employed should be sufficient to the circumstances of the task," he added.
"Fork lift trucks may be used if properly modified and provided with a secure safety cage."
An employee of contractor Hansen Transmissions Limited was injured recently after falling more than ten metres while working to replace a gearbox within a condenser unit.