Fall at work lands firm in trouble

A caravan company has admitted safety failings after a maintenance engineer was injured in a fall at work.

The 30 year-old employee, who does not wish to be named, was renovating a caravan at Roma Caravans Limited’s premises in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, when the incident took place on 21 February 2012.

He fell approximately one and a half metres when a makeshift platform collapsed during work to attach metalwork cladding to the side of a caravan, causing him to bang his head as he plummeted to the ground.

The engineer appeared to have escaped relatively unscathed at the time, with just some minor bruising, but he collapsed two days later and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. He has since suffered from severe headaches and pains to his hip.

Fall at work claim

If you have been injured by a fall at work which was not your fault, you are almost certain to be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Some injuries can create health problems for many years, meaning you are no longer able to do your job to the same standard as before.

The best thing you could do, if you wish to make a fall at work claim, is contact Accident Advice Helpline.

‘Avoidable incident’

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive established that the platform was inherently unsafe and was wholly unsuitable.

It concluded the incident could have been prevented had proper equipment been provided for working at height.

Roma Caravans Limited of Amenbury Lane, Harpenden, Herts, was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,527 costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Source: HSE

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