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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.
Scarborough 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.
He was 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.
An 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.
An 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.
Pauls 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.

Shabbir 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.
By area:
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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The Director, Shabbir Halai DipNEBOSH, CMIOSH, OSHCR is an enthusiastic, fully qualified and experienced health and safety officer - Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - Number 012794. 
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