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Agriculture supply firm fined after worker’s fall

12 January 2017

An agriculture supply firm based in Lancaster has been fined after a work fell from a lorry.

Preston Crown Court heard how on 21 may 2015 a worker was helping move large bulk bags of fertilisers from the quayside to a truck when he fell, fracturing and dislocating his pelvis. He spent a number of days in hospital after his pelvis was pinned and was unable to return to work for seven-months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company instructed workers to climb onto the bulk bags carrying the fertiliser to help a telehandler hook onto the bags to move them to the transport wagon. This task could have been performed from the ground if the right equipment had been identified and provided.

Glasson Grain Limited, Glasson Dock, Lancaster pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £86,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,363.74.

HSE inspector Helen Mansfield, said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. In this case a different and simple approach of using a hook on a long pole to help the telehandler lift the bags would have meant workers would have stayed on the ground and therefore removing the danger of falling off the bulk bags completely.”

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