12 August 2008
HSE urges employers to check safety measures to cut accidents at work
Employers must ensure that they have appropriate safety measures in place to protect the safety of staff who work at height, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has cautioned.
The BBC reported that the warning follows two fines that were issued to a pair of firms following the death of a West Midlands man who fell from a tower scaffold.
Described last week as an "entirely preventable incident" by a HSE inspector, 36-year-old Darren Handley fell from an incorrectly-erected tower scaffold, which was not the correct type of equipment for the work he was doing.
Mr Handley was carrying out refurbishment work on an industrial warehouse in Northampton when he fell seven metres from the scaffold and suffered fatal injuries.
Smethwick-based firm Spanclad was fined £80,000 for the incident, while Westminster Building Co was also ordered to pay the same amount after it admitted to breaching similar laws.
Last week, the HSE also issued a warning for firms to assess the risks posed to employees through exposure to vibration.
This warning followed an incident where a Hampshire-based company was found to have ignored a worker's safety and was fined £10,500.