09 June 2008
Worker fall causes bleeding to the brain
A worker who fell 2.6 metres while removing a fan on the roof of a spray booth suffered bleeding to the brain, it has been revealed.
The 57-year-old, who also sustained a fractured left wrist and shoulder, was in a coma for two weeks following the accident.
As a result of the incident, Spray-Craft Coating - a small company based in the Northamptonshire village of Irchester - was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,100 during a hearing at Wellingborough magistrates' court.
It had pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4 (1)(a) and regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations Act 2005.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Peter Snelgrove said: "It is totally unacceptable that so many lives of employees who work from height continue to be put at risk. Falls from height remain the most common kind of accident causing fatal injuries."