Worker seriously injured after fall at work


A dairy products company has been prosecuted after a work fell in a pit.

On 17 June 2007 a milk by-product effluent pit was being emptied and the contents drawn via hose into a tanker. An Employee was using the water from a hot water hose to melt solidifying milk by-products in the pit.

He slipped and fell into the six foot deep pit as a result of the ill-fitting metal grating used to cover the pit not being properly secured. Suffering serious injuries to his groin which later required surgery.

His employer was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and ordered to pay £18,000 and £2,675 costs.

The company failed to secure the grating and protect its employees from falling into the pit. The HSE found the company had not provided and maintained a safe system of work and no also that the gratings could have given way at any time regardless of whether they were secured appropriately or not.

HSE Inspector, David Kivlin said: "Regulations require employees to not only ensure that a safe system of work is followed but also that plant and equipment is safe to use. It is essential that covers and grating of pits are of a suitable and sufficient construction and well-maintained."

Falls at work are one of the biggest killers of employees and your employer has a duty to keep you safe at all times.

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