A food manufacturing company has been fined after a worker fell six metres from the back of a fork lift truck whilst painting guttering and drainpipes during 2013.

The employee had been raised up by a forklift driver in an unsecured tote box to paint when he fell to the ground from a height of around six metres resulting in a dislocated arm, cracked pelvis, broken foot and shattered leg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not properly planned nor was it adequately supervised. The injured worker had not received any training or advice on how to correctly carry out the task.

The company was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £19,032.63 in costs.

By Mark Worsnop, Safety Advisor

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