01 July 2008
Company prosecuted after employee dies in fall
A firm has been fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £51,000 in costs after one of its employees lost his life in a fall.
Heavy goods vehicle driver Nigel Sargeant plummeted 15 ft from the trailer of his vehicle while he was attempting to lower the height of a load in August 2005.
As a result of the impact, the 46-year-old suffered fatal head injuries.
During a hearing at Lincoln crown court, Saint Gobain Building Distribution was found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Jo Anderson said: "Every year, 2,000 workers are seriously injured after falling from their vehicle and last year four workers actually lost their lives after falling from their truck or lorry."
It is crucial that people involved in the transport industry take the issue of safety seriously, she added.
In order to raise the profile of safety, the HSE recently launched its Shattered Lives campaign, which targets those most at risk of a slip, trip or fall at work.