In recent court proceedings, a serious fall from height has been prosecuted. On the 30th of July 2018, Mr Francis Yardy and his apprentice were undertaking routine electrical repairs at a potato storage warehouse near Ely. The job required working at height, and instead of using suitable safe lifting equipment, which the contractor had purchased and included in the risk assessment, Mr Yardy chose instead to lift his apprentice in a dangerous manner. The apprentice was lifted to a height of 4 metres using a forklift truck with an attached potato box, which he subsequently fell from due to the instability of the equipment.
What should have prevented it
This scenario should never have taken place, if Mr Yardy had fulfilled his role as the responsible person, he would never have allowed the use of unsuitable and un-risk assessed equipment to lift an employee, who is already more vulnerable as an apprentice still in training. The court even stated that Mr Yardy owned suitable equipment, which had also been detailed in a risk assessment for tasks similar to this job. This incident serves as a reminder of the potentially disastrous consequences of negligent employers allowing the use of unsafe equipment.
The apprentice in question suffered considerable injuries and was admitted to hospital for treatment of a punctured lung and broken ribs.
The court found Mr Francis Yardy of Regent Avenue, March, Cambridgeshire guilty of breaching Section 7of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined the defendant £2,000, ordering him to pay costs of £560.40.
Could CRAMS help?
CRAMS inclusive Working at Heights e-learning course could have been given as mandatory training for all managers and supervisors to help them understand their responsibilities and how to identify hazards.
The main issue, in this case, was the disregard of a risk assessment, With CRAMS at their side health and safety managers can easily communicate risks to employees, ensuring the use of appropriate risk assessments.
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