13 Apr 2015

Fine for Stockport firm after worker falls from height

Stockport-based Solutions SK Ltd has been fined after a worker sustained a broken heel when he fell from a ladder while installing cables for an alarm system.

As the man started to descend the ladder, it slipped. He jumped from it and sustained a fractured heel. He was off work for six months. HSE investigated the incident, which happened on 26 September 2013, and decided to prosecute.

Solutions SK Ltd, registered address Enterprise House, Oakhurst Drive, Cheadle Heath, pleaded guilty (7 April) at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court to a breach of Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, in that it failed to properly plan work at height. HSE found no specific risk assessment and no procedure in place to ensure work at height was adequately planned.

HSE’s website explains what employers need to do to protect employees when they work at height www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height

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