A Leicestershire-based logistics company has been prosecuted after two workers were badly injured in a fall.
CEVA Logistics Ltd, which operates around the world, admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following the incident on 5 May 2013. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,491 in costs.
The employees, who wish to remain anonymous, were carrying out improvements at a site in Manston in Kent.
They used a truck to raise them up so they could photograph what they had been working on, when the machine was hit by an overhead crane and the duo plummeted nearly five metres to the floor below.
One of the men, who suffered a broken jaw, 11 broken teeth, a fractured elbow and a broken pelvis in the fall, is still unable to fully straighten his left arm and has needed reconstructive surgery on his jaw.
The other gashed his leg, suffered whiplash and required 10 stitches for a head wound.
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In the case of the two workers from Margate, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ruled that CEVA Logistics Ltd had not planned the job effectively and so failed to provide its employees with a safe method of work for the job and clear supervision.
It concluded that the fall could have been prevented if the necessary precautions were carried out before work began.
“Falls from height were the most common cause of fatalities last year, accounting for almost a third of deaths among workers,” said HSE Inspector Robert Hassell.
“Regardless of the size and duration of tasks undertaken, it is essential companies have suitable systems of work to safeguard their employees.”
Source: Leicester Mercury
Date Published: March 28, 2014
Author: David Brown