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    FALL ARREST FAILS TO PREVENT INJURY

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    Carillion (AMBS) Ltd, of Glasgow, has been ordered to pay nearly £50k in fines and prosecution costs after failing to ensure cleaning work was properly planned and supervised and for failing to take measures to prevent a fall.

    An industrial cleaner working at a power station was cleaning boiler air ducting when he fell over 6m to the grating below. The cleaner was provided with a harness but he was not trained how to use it when he fell through a gap causing multiple injuries. He has been unable to return to work.

    HSE inspector Sian Tiernan said: “Every month over a thousand people suffer serious injuries as a result of slips, trips or falls in the workplace. These shattering injuries can be avoided by sensible and proportionate management of the risks, but sadly that was not done in this case and that lack of action has resulted in a man being unable to work.”

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