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Companies fined after worker falls from warehouse racking

November 16, 2018

Two companies have been fined after a worker fell from a warehouse racking system, suffering serious head injuries.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 1 February 2016, recommissioning work of a warehouse racking system was being carried out when one of the workers fell 10 metres onto the concrete floor below, sustaining significant head injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the main contractor had subcontracted the work to another company to undertake. There was no safe system of work in place as none of the workers had safety harnesses and there were no physical barriers to prevent anyone from falling.

The investigation also found that the subcontractor had failed in its duty to ensure the health and safety of its own employees as it had not undertaken any risk assessment for working at height – incorrectly assuming that the main contractor had done so.

The main contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been ordered to pay fines of £300,000 and costs of £4,742.75.

The subcontractor pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been ordered to pay fines of £36, 666 and costs of £4,742.75.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Jane Carroll said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to develop safe working methods and to ensure that their workers have the necessary information, instruction and training in that safe way of working. “Had such a safe system of work been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented”.

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