A jam and preserve manufacturer has been prosecuted after a worker sustained multiple fractures after falling from a ladder.
On 6 April 2020, a worker was installing a security camera on the outside of The Clarendon Food Company Limited production building in Pwllheli, using an unsecured ladder. The ladder slipped and the worker fell approximately 15ft sustaining multiple fractures to his right arm, left leg, cheekbone and a dislocation of his backbone.
Investigating, the HSE found that:
- The work at height had not been properly planned.
- Alternative access equipment to allow safe working at height had not been considered.
- No training had been provided to either the injured party or others in relation to work at height.
- There was a failure to ensure effective monitoring of work at height practices to identify any shortcomings in the company’s procedures which had persisted for some time.
The Clarendon Food Company Limited of Bryn, Y Ffor, Pwllheli, Gwynedd pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,344.30.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Matthew Pendle said: “Those in control of work at height have a responsibility to properly plan and supervise the work to ensure suitable equipment is selected. They also should provide the necessary information, instruction and training to workers.
“This incident could have been avoided if it had of been risk assessed, planned and suitable equipment selected, which employees were trained to use safely.”