Racking fall proves costly

Published:  15 October, 2009

TIPTON: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted West Midlands Installations after one of its employees injured his head and ribs when he fell from a racking storage unit that he was assembling at Toolbank Specialist Services in Halesowen.

West Midlands Installations was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £7,561 costs at Dudley Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The court heard how on 7 July 2008 the employee was assembling a racking storage unit at Toolbank Specialist Services when he fell approximately 10 feet. There was no edge protection to prevent a fall and he suffered broken ribs and head injuries.

HSE inspector Tariq Khan said: "While the injuries suffered were serious, they could have been much worse. A fall from this kind of height can be fatal.

"Whenever anyone is working at height, their employers need to ensure there is protection around the edges to warn of the dangers and prevent falls. It is something that can be easily implemented and could ultimately save lives and money."

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