A Cumbrian oil distributor has been fined for safety breaches after an employee was injured in a fall at work.
Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, which trades as Wallace Oils, admitted the failings at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court following the incident at its depot in the village of Langwathby on 12 November 2012.
David Strong, 39, from Carlisle, suffered a broken arm when he plummeted three metres from the top of a tanker to the concrete floor below.
Failure to assess risks
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into what happened found it had become common practice for drivers at the small depot to climb onto vehicles to check the fuel levels, as there was no gauge on the side of the tank and it was easier than emptying the tanker.
The court heard how Mr Strong had returned to the depot following his morning delivery run and climbed onto the top of the tanker, which had no guard rail, to use a dipstick to check the remaining fuel level.
As he did so, however, he lost his balance and fell.
HSE inspectors concluded that the company had failed to properly assess the risk that employees would check the fuel in this way. It therefore, also failed to provide instructions on how to carry out the work safely.
Claiming for a fall at work
Falls from vehicles are among the most common causes of injury involving workplace transport, even though the dangers of working at height are well documented.
If you have had an injury in the workplace, and this was caused through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a fall at work claim for compensation. This is something Accident Advice Helpline can lend a hand with.
Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, of Stanwix in Carlisle, was fined £9,330 and ordered to pay £360 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Source: Health And Safety At Work
Date Published: June 3, 2014
Author: David Brown