Work accident claim leads to fine for welding firm

One work accident claim has led to a fine for a Shirebrook-based welding firm near Mansfield following an employee sustaining serious personal injuries after a fall from height.

The worker fell nearly five metres from the roof of a Mansfield farm’s outbuilding onto a grain bucket below him, according to his injury solicitors.  The man has requested that his name not be made known to the public at this time.

The unnamed worker’s personal injury claim states that he sustained serious personal injuries in the fall which included internal injuries, a fracture to his skull, and five broken vertebrae.  The worker was employeed by Shirebrook-based IFT Services Ltd, of Victoria Street, at the time of his injuries.

In the wake of the incident, the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the man’s injuries and discovered that the worker had been working from a telehandler. The man had climbed out of the telescopic handler’s attached cage onto a nearby scaffold board where he fell due to the lack of any safety measures put in place to prevent injuries related to falls from height.

After it entered a plea of guilty to being in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, IFT Services Ltd was fined £4,000 by Mansfield Magistrates Court.  The firm was also assigned the additional responsibility of paying £2,000 in court costs as well.

Lee Greatorex, the inspector who investigated the incident, released a statement after the hearing.  The inspector stated that the incident could have been avoided completely had the firm taken the time to ensure that safety measures had been appropriately put in place.

In the wake of his injuries the unnamed worker is understood to have left the welding firm.

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