Work accident compensation - Kent firm fined GBP 20k after employee fall

A company based in Kent has been fined following an accident at work which resulted in a worker suffering severe head injuries.

W.E. Roberts (Corrugated) Ltd which is based at Thames Works, Grove Road, Northfleet, in Kent, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the incident, which occurred in August 2009 when a worker was delivering flat-packed cardboard boxes to premises in Eastbourne.

The man was attempting to pull a pallet of cardboard boxes across his trailer from the driver’s side to the curb side but the pallet strapping snapped and he fell back onto the pavement, suffering severe, life-changing head injuries.

At Dartford Magistrates Court, the company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined GBP 20,000, with costs of GBP 12,190.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Michelle Taylor said the company failed to “adequately consider” the risks that delivery drivers face when they are not on site, which led to a “severe and entirely preventable” incident.

“The outcome of this case reinforces the responsibility that employers have to all of their workers, wherever they are, not just those on site under constant supervision.

Posted by Verity TaylorADNFCR-2070-ID-800744151-ADNFCR

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