17 October 2007
22-year-old employee dies in fall
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned firms of the danger of working at height following an incident in which an employee fell to his death.
Daniel Askew, a 22-year-old from Pembrokeshire, died in 2003 after falling ten metres when he lent on an unsecured handrail on the mezzanine area of a cold store that was being constructed at the premises of Phil Hanley, a company recently acquired by Innovative Logistics.
F J Chalcroft was fined £26,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs in Nottingham Crown Court after it pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
Commenting on the events, HSE inspector Cliff Seymour stated: "This was a tragic accident which resulted in the death of young man with his life ahead of him."
Firms involved in building, maintenance or refurbishment should ensure that sensible measures are taken and work is planned properly so that staff are not subject to risk, he added.