A London waste management company has been prosecuted after a worker on his first day in a new job sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell from the top of a tipper lorry.
The 40-year-old from Northfleet in Kent, who does not want to be named, broke two ribs, punctured a lung and developed a blood clot in his head as a result of the fall at Horn Lane, Acton, on 2 March 2010. He was unconscious in hospital for two weeks.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (24 October) that the worker was in his first day of employment with Quick Skips & Recycling Limited and was collecting waste from Bridgemarts Limited, trading as Gowing & Pursey, for transfer to another site.
After loading the lorry he stopped the vehicle and climbed on top of the tipper unit to check an auto-sheeting device, used to cover the load, that had become jammed.
He manually freed the jam, but the sheet system sprung back, struck him and sent him crashing more than three metres to the ground below.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and found both companies could and should have done more to prevent the fall.
Bridgemarts, which had overall responsibility for the Acton site, failed to adequately control the work at height risks and ensure the safety of a sub-contractor.
Quick Skips allowed systematic failings in health and safety management, both in relation to the Acton incident and also the operation of its own site in Ealing. HSE inspectors identified several issues during a subsequent visit to this site, including diggers and HGVs operating within close proximity to workers.
Quick Skips & Recycling Ltd, of Atlas Road, London, NW10, pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The company was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £2,843 in costs.
Bridgemarts was earlier fined £7,000 with £1,410 in costs at Westminster Magistrates after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 on 11 July.
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