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    CLIENT PROSECUTED OVER CONTRACTOR FATAL FALL

    Company breached duty to protect contractors as well as employees

    A carton manufacturer has been fined after a contractor suffered fatal head injuries after falling through a broken skylight in October 2017 in Birmingham.

    Birmingham Magistrates heard how a contractor engaged by the defendants suffered fatal head injuries when he fell 6m through a skylight in the roof to the factory floor below.

    Failed to properly assess risks and introduce safe system

    HSE investigators found the company failed to assess the risks of working at height and failed to implement a safe system of work giving consideration to the hierarchy of control found in the work at height regulations.

    • Landor Cartons Limited – of Devon Street, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulations 4 (1) and 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The companyhas been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,569.52.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Christopher Maher 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.

    In this case the duty holder failed to properly assess the risks and introduce a system of work that could have easily prevented this death.

    Duty holders have a duty to protect not only their employees but also their contractors.”

     

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