Two firms based in South Shields have been fined £5,000 each after a man suffered a workplace injury after an accident involving a stepladder.
The unnamed 37 year old, also from South Shields, suffered serious personal injury after being struck by a pipe and falling from the stepladder he was working from. The pipework installation engineer was working at on behalf of MB Air Systems Ltd at a site owned by GT Precision Products Ltd on 13 December 2010 when the workplace injury occurred.
The man was working on the maintenance of existing pipework that was located around three metres above the ground. He was installing new pipework to the compressed air distribution system but lost his balance whilst up the stepladder, leading to the workplace injury.
As he lost his balance, the man grabbed on to a lever valve for support, opening it up and releasing compressed air. The pipe then swung around, hitting the man on the left side of the head and knocking him completely from the stepladder to the floor below.
Workplace Injury Deprives Man of Employment Two Years On
The workplace injury was quite severe, resulting in 14 hairlines fractures to the skull, as well as internal bruising to his lower back, bruising to the brain and a fractured left eye socket.
In the near two years since the workplace injury occurred, the man has been unable to return to work has he struggles to recover from his injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation into the workplace injury and found that a risk assessment had been provided by MB Air Systems Ltd to GT Precision Products Ltd, stating that there was a need for a powered access platform to carry out work of this nature. When the worker arrived to perform his duties this advice had been ignored and he was left to make his own arrangements to complete the project.
The HSE inspector, Paul Miller, commented after the hearing:
“This incident could have easily been prevented if the appropriate access equipment, as identified by the risk assessment, had been provided by the employer MB Air Systems. Equally, GT Precision Products Ltd should not have allowed the work to commence without the proper access equipment.”
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