05 June 2008
Employee suffers broken arm in workplace accident
An employee sustained a broken arm as a result of an accident that occurred at work, it has been revealed.
The worker, who was a gardener, had been applying anti-vandal paint to the roof of a new bowls pavilion in Chadderton Hall Park when he fell to the ground in February last year.
As a result of the incident, Oldham metropolitan borough council - which is situated in Greater Manchester - was ordered to pay £1,500 as well as costs of £5,382 after it pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws during a hearing at Trafford magistrates' court.
"This incident could have had even more serious consequences and could have been easily prevented," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Helen Jones.
She added: "He could have fallen more than two metres while working on the roof, but slipped as he was getting off, breaking his arm."