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A firm that manufactures chemicals for the agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors has appeared in the dock for the second time in two years, after a worker fell two metres from a ladder and sustained a serious elbow injury.

The company was ordered to pay more than £125,000 at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on 26 September after the incident on 6 June 2018.

The court heard that an employee was using a ladder to inspect a steam leak at height when the ladder failed and the employee fell to the ground.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned and managed. The company also failed to ensure that equipment provided for use at height was inspected at regular intervals and was fit for use.

The company which was prosecuted in 2017 over a blaze that ripped through its Middlesborough plant as a result of a planned and risk assessed operation going wrong, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined £120,000 plus £5155 in costs.

“Work at height accidents are one of the main causes of occupational injury and death,” said HSE inspector Carol Forster. “Employers should consider if working at height can be avoided and, if work at height is undertaken, it should be properly planned and managed appropriately, and all equipment should be fit for purpose.”

Source – IOSH

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