12 October 2007
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."