Work accident claim experts recently revealed that the Government’s Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a construction firm based in Yorkshire, and their sub-contractor, for a worker’s fall from height injury.
A Hambleton, North Yorkshire man was rushed to hospital following a four and a half metre fall from a jury-rigged platform that had been precariously balanced upon a tractor’s fork attachment, personal injury claims experts said. The thirty six year old, whose name has been withheld from the media due to privacy concerns, was in hospital for more than two weeks in order to treat his fractured right ankle and shattered left heel.
The HSE’s investigation discovered that the operator of the tractor, Stephen Ramsey, the worker’s employer, was a sub-contractor for Waddington Buildings Ltd in order to renovate a Billingham building at Brierton North Farm. Accident claim investigators for the HSE, in their prosecution at Teeside Magistrates’ Court, related how the worker had been trying to measure and then fit guttering to the building when the tractor moved suddenly, which in turn caused him to lose his balance and suffer the fall from height.
Mr Ramsey, who trades as Up & Cover, admitted to breaching the Work at Height Regulations and was given a £1,000 fine with £250 in additional court costs. Waddington Buildings Ltd was also fined £3,500 for neglecting to make sure that work taken on by their sub-contractor would be conducted safely, and was also subject to £900 in court costs as well.
Falls from height in both the agriculture and construction industries remain one of the largest causes of personal injuries and death, according to official figures.