A Boldon-based heating, ventilation and air conditioning company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall at work.
Neil Pearson, from Teesside, was repairing an extraction unit at premises on the Newburn Industrial Estate in Newcastle when the incident occurred on 1 November 2012.
The 27-year-old strained his right arm and also suffered fractures to his left hand and wrist in the three-metre fall.
HLA Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that the workers had not been provided with the correct equipment for work at height.
Mr Pearson, who was one of two workers on site carrying out the repairs, climbed up a ladder to unfasten the clips which attached a rain cover to the top of the extraction unit.
He stepped off the ladder and stood on the small lip at the front of the unit to reach the back clips, where he remained while a colleague moved the ladder to the other side of the unit. However, he fell when the rain cover became unstable.
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Appearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, HLA Services Ltd, of Boldon Court, Burford Way, Boldon, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £710.50 in costs.
“This was a wholly avoidable incident resulting in serious injury,” said HSE inspector Sal Brecken after the hearing.
“If the company had properly planned the work activity and provided suitable equipment, such as a tower scaffold, then it could have been carried out safely.”
Mr Pearson required two operations following the fall and had to wear a brace on his left arm for around four months, although he still struggles with movement and grip in his wrist and hand.
He can therefore no longer work as a commercial catering servicing engineer and has had to retrain in a new occupation.
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Date Published: October 24, 2013
Author: David Brown