A dairy in County Durham has admitted safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at work.
Simon Atkinson, of Dipton, was unloading empty milk bottles from a vehicle at Lanchester Dairies Ltd’s site in Lanchester when the incident happened on 6 September 2013.
The 41-year-old fractured his eye socket, sustained bleeding in his skull, fractured his collar bone in multiple places and broke a rib.
He had to be put into an induced coma until surgery was carried out to remove a blood clot from inside his skull.
No safety measures
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were no measures in place to prevent a fall at the dairy.
A risk assessment had been carried out nine months before by the company. It stated that a safe system of work and training was needed for the unloading task, yet nothing was done until after the accident at work.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Atkinson was alone at the time of the incident but because of his head injury had no recollection of the fall.
He had been unloading the bottles into a storage area set 1.6 metres below ground level of the outside yard.
A barrier had previously been in place across the doorway to the storage area to prevent falls, but this had been removed two years earlier and never replaced. His fall was either from ground level or from the rear of the delivery vehicle, which would have been 2.6 metres above the concrete floor of the storage area.
Lanchester Dairies Ltd, of Upper House Farm, Lanchester, Durham, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,690 in costs.
Accident at work
Accidents at work are unfortunately commonplace. It is important that victims of accidents claim the compensation they deserve, especially if it wasn’t their fault, to help cover medical costs and time off work.
Accident Advice Helpline can give you all the advice and support you need to make a successful personal injury claim.
You can find out how much you could get by using the 30-second personal injury compensation calculator or alternatively to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Chronicle Live