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    FALL FROM CHERRY PICKER AT PLANT HIRE COMPANY DEPOT

    Workman suffered serious injury during routine MEWP maintenance

    UK Platforms Ltd has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he fell from a cherry picker at the company’s depot in Telford, Shropshire.

    Telford Magistrate heard how the 42-year-old man was standing on the engine canopy of the MEWP to repair the mechanical arm when he fell 2m to the concrete floor below causing bleeding on his brain and fracturs to his vertebrae, ribs and collarbone. He was in hospital for nearly two weeks and has not been able to return to work since the incident on 28 March 2011.

    HSE investigators found the firm failed to plan or supervise the work properly with no protection to stop the man from falling from the machine.

    Use of second cherry picker could have prevented incident

    UK Platforms Ltd, of Stafford Park 1, Telford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and today (11 September) was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £5,888 costs.

    HSE inspector Katharine Walker said after the hearing:

    “Almost a year after this entirely avoidable incident, a man is still unable to work and may not make a full recovery from these life-changing injuries.

    Companies must ensure that work at height is properly planned and supervised and carried out safely to prevent falls. If UK Platforms had used another powered access platform alongside the cherry picker, the incident would never have happened.

    It is unacceptable to see such failings, particularly as UK Platforms hires out access equipment for working safely at height and therefore should have known how to carry out this job.”

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