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CLIENT HELD TO ACCOUNT OVER CONTRACTOR DEATH

Electrical appliance company fined £700,000 after MEWP overturned

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has been fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) and later died from the injuries sustained in March 2015.

The contractor was working at a height of nearly 5m installing revised fire detection equipment at the former Indesit factory in Yate, near Bristol. Whilst this work was taking place Whirlpool UK maintenance workers started an overhead conveyor being unaware that the contractor was working nearby.

The conveyor movement caused the MEWP to overturn and the 66-year-old man fell to the factory floor. He later died from his injuries.

Effective control needed to prevent conflicting work

HSE investigators found there was no effective control or supervision in place to prevent the conflicting work tasks from being undertaken at the same time.

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, been fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,466.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Matt Tyler said:

“This is a tragic case where the incident could have been prevented if the company had planned and controlled the work properly.”

 

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