Hertfordshire Firm Fined After Employee is Injured in a Fall

Hertfordshire Firm Fined After Employee is Injured in a Fall

A Hertfordshire firm has received a £6000 fine after a worker suffered a knee injury while he completed unsafe work to clean level light fittings.
The 22-year-old man from Walthamstow who wants to remain anonymous could not return to normal duties for two months because of the incident at Kemlows Die Casting Products Ltd in Charlton Mead Lane Hoddesdon on 31 July 2012.
The company was prosecuted on Wednesday 8th January by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation which unearthed serious concerns with their cleaning system.
Hertford Magistrates’ Court was told that workers accessed the light fittings using a good stillage a cage fork without fork channels which is not designed to carry people. The goods stillage was raised into position by a fork lift truck.
Around two to three hours into the job the stillage became so unstable that it fell with the worker still inside. The cage landed three feet below on the concrete floor and injured the employee who was still in it.
HSE investigation discovered that nothing had been used to keep the stillage secure to the fork lift truck.
The court was told that Kemlows had adopted this system of working at heights of above three metres on a regular basis for annual summer shutdown tasks since at least 2005. The company also used a similar system to carry out other maintenance activities such as fitting pipework.
Kemlows Die Casting Products Ltd of Yeomans Court Ware Road Hertford was fined £6000 and ordered to pay £3500 costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
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