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    DIRECTOR LED HAZARDOUS WORK AT HEIGHT

    Three occasions when work lacked suitable and sufficient precautions

    A company has been fined after workers were spotted carrying out unsafe work on various roofs.

    Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that, on three separate occasions in 2016 the director of a food processing company carried out work at height without suitable and sufficient measures in place to prevent him, or the employees assisting him, falling a distance likely to cause personal injury.

    HSE investigators found that on one occasion the director and an employee accessed the roof by standing on a wooden pallet located on the forks of a fork lift truck. The men were seen throwing waste materials to the ground.

    Two other incidents were detailed which related to works carried out primarily by the director with brief assistance from an employee.

    Enforcement likely when standards not met

    Photographs of the illegal activities were taken by concerned witnesses and HSE was alerted.

    • Quality Food Products (Aberdeen) Ltd – of West Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £10,000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Connor Gibson said: “

    ”Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the standards required.”

     

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