A manufacturing firm from Essex has been fined after four of its employees were injured in a fall at work.
Milbank Concrete Products Ltd, which specialises in pre-cast concrete stairs, admitted safety failings relating to the incident at its Earls Colne premises on 7 August 2013.
The men, who do not wish to be named, suffered collective injuries including bruising, a dislocated shoulder, a fractured right arm, a twisted ankle, plus knee and back pain when the stair mould they were working on collapsed beneath them.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that the company failed to implement a safe system of work for the job, including proper risk assessment, while the workers also received insufficient training.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard that the employees were working on a new pre-cast concrete staircase and standing on a supporting frame, which can be adjusted for height and angle depending on the specification of stairs.
Five props supporting the frame collapsed as concrete was being poured into the mould to create the stairs, causing the men to fall from heights ranging from one metre to three metres.
Inspectors from the HSE claim that the incident could have been prevented if a proper risk assessment had been carried out prior to the work.
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In the case of the four workers, Milbank Concrete Products Ltd of Lancaster Way, Earls Colne Business Park Airfield, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
It was consequently fined a total of £12,500 and ordered to pay £1,357 in prosecution costs.
Source: Construction Index
Date Published: June 5, 2014
Author: David Brown