A transport company has been fined £255,000 after a worker fell from a lorry and fractured his skull.
The worker who worked for a transport firm (B Taylor & Sons Transport Limited) had been delivering glass to a customer in Leicestershire in 2020 when he fell from the lorry. As no fork lift was available, the man had been passing the panes of glass from the lorry to another worker on the ground.
Along with a fractured skull, the worker had other significant facial injuries, damage to his hand and a dislocated an elbow. He was hospitalised for 5 days following the accident and has had to make significant adjustments to his day-to-day life as a result of the injuries.
The HSE Investigation
Following the incident, the HSE investigation found B Taylor & Sons Transport Limited failed to consider the risks of unloading activities and failed to put in place appropriate measures to avoid accidents like this.
The company was fined £255,000 and ordered to pay £3,687 costs.
Accidents like this are entirely avoidable had the correct safety measures been put in place, which serves as a helpful reminder to employers to properly assess the risks of work being carried out, provide appropriate measures to prevent accidents occurring and not to under estimate the importance of training employees and workers on health & safety risks, along with how to carry out specific tasks in a safe manner.
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