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    FINE AFTER FORK LIFT USED AS WORKING PLATFORM

    Industrial door installer fell from insecure makeshift platform on FLT

    Multi Industrial Doors Ltd has been prosecuted for using a wooden crate fixed to a fork lift truck as a wokplace from which an employee fell nearly 5m whilst installing a roller shutter door. The workman was unable to work for about three months after the incident on 2 September 2011.

    Lincoln Magistrates heard (20 November) that on arrival at the premises a wooden potato crate was tied to a forklift truck using a strap. The employee was raised 5m to install a motor when the crate tipped and he fell to the ground with the crate falling on top of him.

    Use of the wrong equipment can lead to falls and serious injuries

    Multi Industrial Doors Ltd, of Sapcote Road, Burbage, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined at total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,870 costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Christopher Copeman 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.

    Work at height should always be properly planned and the correct equipment provided to ensure the job is carried out safely.”

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