This article was published on July 31st, 2012
A Lincoln based beef supplier has been fined after one of their workers fractured his spine and heel bone when he fell during dangerous work in an abattoir.
The maintenance engineer, who would not like to be named, has been told by doctors that he may never fully recover form the accident which happened last year.
The worker was replacing light fittings in a large chiller using a stepladder set on top of a wooden board spanning metal rafters.
He and his fellow workers inspected the rafters and board using a cherry picker but the board gave way when he started work.
The engineer feel to the ground and his co-worker managed to grab on to one of the rafters and make his way back in to the cherry picker.
The man was off work for several months following the accident and on his return to work, found that he couldn’t lift heavy objects. He consequently resigned from the post.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told a court that the work had not been planned, supervised or carried out in a safe way.
Although the workers were using a cherry picker, it wasn’t suitable for the kind of work that they were completing because it wasn’t tall enough to reach the light fittings.
“Work at height is a high risk activity that must be properly planned. Changing light bulbs was a foreseeable task, yet the company had never considered how they would, or should, carry it out,” said a spokesperson from the HSE.
The company was fined a total of £25,000 and order to pay costs of £12,361 to the worker.
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