21 April 2008
Worker suffers fractured ribs in fall after firm breaches health and safety laws
An employee has suffered fractured ribs in a fall after his employer breached health and safety regulations.
John Dennis sustained the injury after plunging from the top platform of an unguarded mobile tower scaffold.
He had received no training or instruction from his employer prior to using the equipment.
As a result of the incident, RH Phillips & Sons - which was founded in the 1960s and is a supplier of aircraft ground support services - was issued with a fine of £2,500, as well as being made to pay £1,600 in costs.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Russell Beckett stated: "Last year, 45 workers died following a fall from height and 3,750 were seriously injured.
"Reducing this unnecessary injury toll is a priority for everyone. As well as the law, there is plenty of advice and guidance to help employers reduce the risk of a fall from height."