Employee suffers catastrophic injuries after falling from a crane


In June 2008 a man suffered multiple fractures to his skull, a broken collarbone and several broken ribs after he feel from a crane onto a concrete floor.

The man was kept in hospital for several weeks due doctors concerns over swelling on his brain. To date the man has not been able to return to work.

The company were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,532.55 after they pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The 40 year old employee was working on the cross travel beam of the crane in order to clean built up dirt when he fell. His employers had failed to ensure that a safe system of work was in place for completing such a task nor had they provided employees with the appropriate level of information, training or supervision in a bid to prevent such accidents.

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of deaths at work and your employer must ensure your safety at all times.

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