Door firm is fined for failing to ensure the safety of employee
A door-fitting firm has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a wooden crate fixed to a forklift truck.
The 39 year-old man from Enderby, fractured his wrist, heel, ankle and elbow when he fell about 16ft while fitting a roller shutter door at a farm in West Firsby, Lincolnshire.
He needed an operation on his heel and was unable to work for three months after the incident on September 2 last year.
The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted his employer, Multi Industrial Doors, of Sapcote Road, Burbage, for failing to ensure his safety.
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Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard on Tuesday that when he arrived at the farm, the employee and his colleague tied a wooden potato crate to a forklift truck using a strap from their vehicle.
The man was then lifted to install a motor on the potato store wall.
As he turned to pick up some tools, the crate tipped, he fell to the ground and the crate fell on top of him.
Multi Industrial Doors pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined at total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,870 costs.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Christopher Copeman said: "The risk of serious injury was high and foreseeable.
"Using the wrong equipment to work at height can lead to falls and the likelihood of serious head or back injuries.
"These types of injuries can lead to construction workers being unable to work as well as causing a significant reduction in quality of life for the injured person.
"Work at height should always be properly planned and the correct equipment provided to ensure the job is carried out safely."