Agricultural firm fined over fall at work

An agricultural vehicle sales company has been fined for breaking safety legislation after an employee suffered serious injuries in a fall at work.

Cornwall-based B&B Agricultural Sales Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident involving Jacob Wingett at the company’s site on the Doublebois Industrial Estate in Dobwalls.

The 28-year-old from Treburley, near Launceston, received multiple skull fractures when he lost his balance and fell about a metre to the ground as he was fitting a number plate to the top of a tractor cab on 1 May 2012.

Mr Wingett also suffered a broken wrist, a shattered wrist, and two broken arms in the fall. He underwent several operations to put pins and plates in both arms and was unable to work for over a month.

Failures

Inspectors from the HSE found that the firm had not provided any measures to
prevent a fall, while there was no plan in place for the work, no safe system of working, nor any suitable training or supervision.

B&B Agricultural Sales Ltd, of Tamar Ridge, Cox Park, Gunnislake, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Truro Magistrates’ Court. It was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £8,142 in costs.

Fall at work

A fall at work is the most common reported cause of injury at work. Such incidents can easily lead to personal injury claims, so both employers and employees must be careful, especially when working at height.

Accident Advice Helpline can help if you wish to make a fall at work claim, covering all the bases so you get the best deal possible. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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