21 September 2007
Company to pay out after worker dies
A firm has been fined £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000 after one of its workers fell to his death.
Aniello D'Urzo fell approximately 12 metres while painting the crane of a ship in a dry dock yard in Falmouth.
He had been seated in a bosun's chair supported by a rope at the time of the accident, but suffered fatal injuries when the rope parted and he, along with the chair, plummeted to the deck.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the company's safety management system lacked detail concerning working at height. The firm had also failed to check that the equipment used was in good condition.
Industria Armamento Meridionale trading as the Grimaldi Group, pled guilty to breaching health and safety regulations at Truro Crown Court yesterday.
HSE inspector Barry Trudgian said: "This incident clearly demonstrates the inherent dangers which exist in any work at height."
Last year, 23 people died in the UK working at height.