Having the right equipment and work methodologies in place at work is essential for good health and safety. Using equipment that is not right for the job is a recipe for disaster and many an injury claim in Salford has been launched because of it.
Roller shutter door jammed open
A good example of trying to work with the wrong equipment can be taken from an incident that happened at a Leicestershire recycling company last year. A pair of contract workers were sent to a site in order to repair a roller shutter door which had become jammed in the raised position.
Repair workers hoisted in cages on forklifts
To gain access to the raised door, they were hoisted up in two cages. Unfortunately, as the workers were lowered back down, the cages became unbalanced and the two workers were tipped out. They fell 2 metres to the ground and both sustained injuries. One man broke his right wrist and was forced to take 5 months off work; the other man suffered torn muscles in his back. He had to take 12 weeks off work.
Cages not designed to carry people
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) carried out an investigation, they concluded that the cages were meant for carrying goods and not people. They did not have pockets to take forklift forks, and they were not strapped to the forks in any way, which is why, when they became unbalanced, they were able to tip over.
Recycling company fined £9,000 plus costs
The recycling company pleaded guilty to 2 breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £9,000 and instructed to pay court costs of a further £1,880. An HSE inspector commented that the cages used were wholly inappropriate and that they posed an obvious risk to the health and safety of the 2 repair workers.
How much is your injury claim in Salford worth, compensation-wise?
If you have been injured in a fall from height incident in the workplace, and you intend to launch an injury claim in Salford using the web-based services of Accident Advice Helpline, all you have to do is to visit our website and click on the green “claim now” button. But before you do so, you might be interested to establish how much compensation you could be awarded for the injury you’ve sustained. Simply track down the HOW MUCH calculator you’ll find on our website, (you can’t miss it); take 30 seconds to answer 4 simple questions, and you’ll be given your free estimate.
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