A Yorkshire builder has been fined after three workers fell almost five metres from a work platform that had not been properly secured.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that on December 1, 2015, Jeremy Waudby had subcontracted a cladding company to assist with the construction of a new chicken shed at a farm in east Yorkshire.
Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Waudby had provided a telehandler and work platform for the work at Argham Fields Farm in Burton Fleming, Driffield, which was not properly secured.
While three workers had been elevated, the platform had detached from the telehandler and crashed almost five metres to the ground below.
It was not feasible that the telehandler had been assembled in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions, the court heard.
Three separate mechanical attachments are essential in securing the platform, however, only one had been in place when the fall from height occurred.
HSE inspector Alan Sheldon commented: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”
Father and son wounded
Among those injured from A L Cladding were a father and his son, who each required hospital treatment.
The son had been trapped underneath the platform by his head and shoulder. He also crushed his leg and shattered his right knee cap.
His father suffered a head wound, requiring stitches, and fractured his back.
“These injuries were easily prevented and the risk should have been identified,” added Mr Sheldon.
Jeremy Waudby, trading as JG and GW Waudby, of Lottings Farm Barmby Moor Nr. York has been fined £1,200 with £558 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: November 13, 2017
Author: Jackie Kingsley