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18th Aug 2016
The most expensive ladder in the UK just cost £102,257!!
That's how much a malting company based in Suffolk has just been fined after an agency worker was
injured when he fell from a ladder.
Magistrates’ Court heard how an agency worker employed with Pauls Malt Limited
at their West Knapton malting factory, near Malton, was injured when he fell
approximately two metres from a ladder. He sustained two fractures to his right
foot and bruising to his chest and head injuries.
in the process of checking the fill level of a container prior to closing the
hopper feed. The container was fitted with a full-size fabric liner with a high
level loading flap which would be zipped up once the container was full.
investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which
occurred on 6 May 2015, found that the company had not carried out
a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the work at height involved in
closing the zipped flaps on the fabric liners.
unsafe system of work had developed which involved propping a 4-metre long
ladder against the rear of the container to gain access to the zip-up flap. The
ladder was too long for this purpose and was propped at too shallow an
angle. The ladder slipped outwards at the foot causing the agency worker
to fall with the ladder.
Malt Limited of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to breaching Section
3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £100,000 and
ordered to pay costs of £2,257.
says: Every time you use a ladder you should do a pre-use check beforehand to
make sure that it is safe for use. A pre-use check should be carried out by the
user: before using the ladder for a work task; and after something has changed,
i.e. it has been dropped or becomes very dirty. Pre-use checks provide the
opportunity to pick up any immediate / serious defects before they cause an
accident. Email me for a free copy of the 6 page HSE document INDG455: “Safe
use of ladders and stepladders.”
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UK fatal accident statistics: Summary for 2015/16
The provisional figure for fatally injured workers in 2015/16 is 144, up from last year (142) but 7% lower than the average for the past five years (155). (Equates to 0.46 deaths per 100,000.)
There were 67 members of the public fatally injured in work accidents (excluding railways, and Care Quality Commission workplaces).
By industry sector:
43 workers died in construction - the same as the average for the previous five years.
27 deaths in agriculture (5-year average = 32).
27 deaths in manufacturing (22 five-year ave.)
There were 6 fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling but this fluctuated yearly.
The highest fatal injury rates across all countries and regions were: Wales (0.93 per 100,000 workers); Scotland (0.60); and Yorkshire and the Humber (0.58).
Mesothelioma killed 2,515 in Great Britain in 2014 as compared to 2,556 in 2013.
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