By Monika Lynch
A man who fell at work at a champion boatyard has been unable to attend work for nearly half a year as a result of the injuries he sustained.
The world renowned boat and yacht builder, Clare Lallow Ltd, based on the Isle-of-Wight, has been fined £1,000 and been ordered to pay £1,000 in costs by the Health and Safety (HSE) Executive for not providing adequate safety standards for their employees when they were working at heights.
An experienced employee fell at work trying to pick up a linisher (sanding/polishing machine). An investigation by the HSE found that the wooden staging was insecure and had no measures preventing this kind of the accident. When the employee fell at work he sustained a broken arm and was unable to return to employment for five months.
According to the HSE inspectors the building company could have reasonably, and at a low cost, avoided the worker sustaining an injury in this work accident. A Prohibition Notice was issued preventing work at height, and since the accident the company followed the HSE guidelines and constructed a scaffolding and guard rail system.
You Don’t Have To Fall From a Great Height to Suffer Serious Injury…..
After the hearing, HSE inspector Craig Varian stated that the workers should not suffer preventable injuries because steps were not taken to manage the very obvious risks. If safety regulations are not followed when work at height is taking place it can result in serious injury or death.
According to HSE publications the most common kinds of accidents at work are slipping and tripping (40%), and falls from height (16%).
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