23 November 2007
Company fined after worker falls
A glazing firm has been fined following an incident in which a worker fractured his wrist.
Jaysee Glass and Glazing, which was established 30 years ago and is based in Lye Stourbridge, was fined £4,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,278 at a hearing in Dudley Magistrates Court.
The accident occurred in February this year when Michael Norton, along with two colleagues, was replacing vandalised windows in Brierley Hill.
He was using half of a double ladder that had been split to enable two men to work at height. Mr Norton's ladder, which was had not been secured and had its feet missing, slid to the side, causing him to fall two metres.
The firm was aware of the damage to the equipment and suitable stability devices were not available in the van taken to the site.
Commenting on the incident, Karl Raw, a Health and Safety Executive inspector, stated: "In this case, working from an improvised ladder set-up with damaged and inadequate equipment was completely unacceptable and could have resulted in much more serious injury, or even death."