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Candle manufacturer fined after work suffers fatal head injuries

Date:
28 November 2017

A manufacturer of candles has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries after falling from a pallet raised by forklift truck.

Worcester Crown Court heard how a Parks (London) Limited employee, while stacking boxes in the high storage racking, suffered fatal injuries when the raised pallet he was standing on broke and he fell over three metres.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 21 June 2016, found that there was a complete absence of health and safety at the company and work at height was not planned or organised.

Parks (London) Limited of Hartlebury Trading Estate, Hartlebury, Kidderminster pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £212,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Tariq Khan said “This case reinforces the message that work at height must be properly planned and organised.  Work at height is the biggest cause of fatal accidents in the workplace”.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk
  1. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
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  1. Further information about health and safety in warehouses can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/logistics/warehousing.htm

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