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Company fined after worker falls from height

Date:
18 February 2016

A Mosstodloch Engineering company has been fined after an employee was seriously injured after falling twenty feet.

Grampian Sheriff Court heard how the worker was working at Portgordon Maltings Limited, installing an enclosure to the top of a malting kiln.

While retrieving tools which had been left on the rear platform, one of the employees fell from the open edge between the kiln and the corner of the building and sustained significant injuries. His injuries included a fractured pelvis and internal bruising on the right side of his shoulder and body.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 2 December 2014, found that the employees were working at height at an open edge in an area with restricted lighting and no suitable or sufficient measures in place to prevent employees falling from height.

Brown Engineering (Fochabers) Limited of Mosstodloch Industrial Estate,

Mosstodloch, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Heights Regulation 2005, and was fined £10,000.

For further information on work at height visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm

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