A marine contractor has been fined after a worker fell six metres sustaining multiple fractures to the neck, back, ribs, and hip, plus head injuries and a collapsed lung.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that TS Rigging Limited failed to take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury. The company also failed to carry out a risk assessment.
TS Rigging Limited of 2 High Street, Burnham on Crouch, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £34,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,917.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Nikki Hughes said: “Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries, with falls from ladders being one of the most common causes
“This incident could have been prevented if the company had implemented a safe system of work to prevent falls.”