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£1 MILLION CLIENT FINE FOLLOWS FATAL FALL

Electrician died after fall from step ladder provided by client

A Hull based company has been fined £1,000,000 after a self-employed electrical contractor died following a fall from height at the company premises in October 2013.

Hull Crown Court heard how the workman was contracted to complete electrical work at Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. The workman was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder.

The company agreed this work activity could be completed using a stepladder which it provided. The employee fell from the step ladder and suffered fatal injuries.

Defendant failed to plan activity

An investigation by the Health and Safety executive (HSE) found that Greencore failed to properly plan this workplace activity from the beginning, including access arrangements to enable safe installation of the motor.

  • Greencore Grocery Ltd – of Apex Park, Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company has been fined £1million and ordered to pay costs of £30,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Denise Fotheringham said:

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in Great Britain, the risks associated with working at height are well known.

Work at height regulations require that all work at height is properly planned and appropriate access is provided. If Greencore had carried this out this death could have been prevented.”

 

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