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WORKING PLATFORM FELL FROM TELEHANDLER

Manufacturer instructions for safe platform attachment not followed

A builder was sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell some 5m when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler in December 2015.

Hull Magistrates heard that Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He engaged a cladding company (A L Cladding) and provided his own telehandler and work platform for the sub-contractor to complete the work.

The court heard that three of the cladding company workers were elevated in the platform when it became detached from the telehandler and fell to the ground.

Not possible to comply with safe instructions

HSE investigators found that the work platform was not (and could not be) connected to the telehandler in accordance with manufacturer instructions which required three separate mechanical attachments.

The necessary securing attachments were not present, and only one of the three was effectively in place.

The platform fell onto the one worker trapping his shoulder and head. He also suffered a shattered right knee cap and crushed tibia and fibula. His father suffered three fractured vertebrae and a head wound needing 12 stitches.

  • Jeremy Waudby t/a JG and GW Waudby – of Lottings Farm Barmby Moor Nr. York pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1200 with £558 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Alan Sheldon commented:

“These injuries were easily prevented and the risk should have been identified.

This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

 

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