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    WORKMAN FELL FROM UNSECURED LADDER

    Industrial cladding company failed to assess and control WAH

    GB Industrial Cladding Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker shattered his elbow in a fall from height in February 2017.

    Sheffield Magistrates heard how the workman was using a ladder to access a flat roof to fit the capping on a security office gatehouse at a poultry processing factory in Thorne, Doncaster.

    Ladder not tied or footed

    HSE investigators found that a ladder was being used as access to stand on the roof of the security gatehouse.The ladder was resting against wet metal wall cladding and was not tied or being footed.

    The workman climbed the ladder to fix some capping. As he neared the top of the ladder the ladder slipped, and he fell approximately 3m to the ground below.

    • GB Industrial Cladding Ltd – of Ashbank House, Union Road, Thorne, Doncaster pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £10,000 with £1,238 costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Trisha Elvy commented:

    “This case highlights the importance of proper planning and supervision of work at height.

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

     

    Person fell from ladder lent against the side of the security office shown in above photo. Ladder was placed to the left of the security camera which is above the window.

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