The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a farming group after a member of staff suffered serious injuries following a fall.
Colchester Magistrates Court heard yesterday (June 3rd) how a 63-year-old worker for Bluegate Hall Farm Partnership in Essex suffered fractures to his spine, shoulder, eye socket and ribs, as well as collapsed lungs and lacerations to his scalp after falling through the fragile roof of a grain store.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that, despite a purpose-built cage and ladder being provided for access to elevated areas of the store, no provision had been put in place by the operator to reinforce the fragile sections on which people were expected to walk.
HSE inspector Nicola Jaynes commented: "On average, falls through fragile roofs cause seven fatal injuries every year. Simple, straightforward, common sense procedures would have prevented this fall and the severe consequences it has had for this worker."
Nicholas Reed – trading as Bluegate Hall Farm Partnership – pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined GBP 12,500.
Posted by Wayne Weir