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HSE issues safety warning following worker death

HSE issues safety warning following worker death
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies about the risks of working at height after an incident in which a man died.

In January 2003, Andrew Taylor, who worked for the waste conversion firm RTAL, was fatally injured after falling eight metres at the firm's factory premises.

The 29-year-old fell from the edge of a fixed platform, at which a protective guard rail had been removed, while he was attempting to carry out work setting up a kiln.

RTAL was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 at Basildon Crown Court, while managing director Terry Green was also ordered to pay £25,000 after admitting to breaching health and safety regulations.

HSE inspector Sandy Carmichael stated: "This was a serious breach of obligation to both its own staff and visiting workers, indicative of failure by the company to appreciate the risks from such complex work."