09 April 2008
Firm made to pay after worker is seriously injured in fall
A company has been ordered to pay £5,000, plus costs of £5,174, during a hearing at Norwich magistrates' court after one of its workers was seriously injured in a fall.
Air Plant Dust Extraction - a firm which specialises in the manufacture and fitting of wood and dust extraction solutions - had pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
The prosecution relates to an incident that occurred in October 2006.
Mark Lowen had been fitting a new extraction system at a joinery company in Norfolk when he fell six feet from a step ladder to the ground. The ladder had been resting on an uneven surface.
As a result of the tumble, he suffered damage to his back, which caused him to be off work for around four months. Upon returning to his job, Mr Lowen was forced to take on a different role - which affected his pay.
"I hope this prosecution makes it clear to employers that they need to properly manage the risks of working at height and that Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will not hesitate to take action against those who fall short of the law in such a way," stated HSE inspector Joanne Williams.