DF Clark Bionomique Ltd of Althorne, Essex has been fined in court after an employee suffered a broken back in a loft hatch fall. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that investigated the circumstances of the fall took the company to court after finding that a proper risk assessment of the premises the employee was surveying had not been done.
The buildings being surveyed were once used as a hospital, but had not been used as such since 1997. The HSE’s investigation discovered that the assessment was not specific enough and did not account for the many potential risks that could have led to such an accident happening.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been able to help others who have been injured in various accidents at work that could have been prevented. Risk assessments are incredibly important, as they are designed to identify potential risks and hazards. These risks and hazards can then be accounted for so that the proper measures can be put into place in order to keep employees safe.
Are all falls this serious?
Clearly, the results of this particular fall were very serious for the employee concerned. She spent a week in hospital and wore a back brace over a three-month period. She was also unable to return to work for several weeks while the injury healed. The HSE spokesman said that the company the employee worked for undertook all manner of surveys, from very simple ones to those that are far more complex. However, it had a standardised approach that had failed to take into account the potential dangers in this particular case.
Other people who have contacted Accident Advice Helpline over the years have found that they have had a good case to make with regard to a fall at work. We’ve been able to help those who have been injured in a minor or far more major way, as was the case here.
Can falls be prevented at work?
The majority of falls can be prevented with proper risk assessments, safety procedures and protective methods. The company in this case was fined £12,000 with additional costs of £1,138.50, none of which makes up for the injury their employee suffered.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (a freephone number) if you have suffered a fall like this and you want to get some no-obligation advice.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown