The owners of a Yorkshire business park have been fined £7,000 after an employee fractured an ankle falling from a ladder in an accident at work.
Bridge Mills Ltd asked the unnamed 68-year-old maintenance worker to remove heat exchange units from the roof space in a nearby disused former machine shop in Huddersfield Road.
He was working from a ladder, which a cleaner held, at different heights of about four and five metres (13ft 1in-16ft 4in).
The ladder was then knocked from the cleaner’s grip, Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday, January 7.
Bridge Mills Ltd, which owns and manages the Bridge Mill site in Holmfirth, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Work accident probe found safety flaws
The HSE, which investigated the work accident, told magistrates that it had found many safety failings.
These included there being no obvious responsibility for health and safety in the firm and that work at height was not planned or organised, so there was no safe system in place.
Also, the company had not assessed the dangers or supplied the employee with
The right equipment for the task had not been supplied, and the ladder used was not tied at the top or properly balanced, it found.
The firm was also ordered to pay £1,355 in costs after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
HSE Inspector Jackie Ferguson said after the case that the employee was lucky not to have sustained a far more severe injury.
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