This article was published on December 19th, 2012
A Leicester firm have been prosecuted after a worker fell from a wooden crate that was raised up using a fork-lift truck.
The 39-year-old man fractured his wrist, heel ankle and elbow in the work accident after falling nearly five meters while fitting a roller shutter door in a farm in Lincoln.
The accident victim required an operation on his heel and was unable to work for almost three months after the accident which happened in September 2011.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident and found grounds to prosecute them for failing to properly plan working at height.
The court heard how the workers tied a wooden crate to the fork-lift truck using a strap from their vehicles. The employer was then raised 5 meters to install a motor on the potato store wall.
When he turned to pick up his tools, the crate tipped and he fell to the ground and the crate landed on top of him.
A spokesperson for the HSE said, “The risk of serious injury was high and foreseeable. Using the wrong equipment to work at height can lead to falls and the likelihood of serious head or back injuries.
“These types of injuries can lead to construction workers being unable to work as well as causing a significant reduction in quality of life for the injured person.”
The worker received an undisclosed amount of work accident compensation for the accident.
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