Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall
25 October 2016
A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned.
Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on 19 January 2015.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Hatton, who was in the MEWP, and a colleague, were taking large pieces of cladding off the frame of a compactor. A large piece of the cladding came into contact with the MEWP and caused it to fall over. Mr Hatton fractured his skull and two ribs in the incident. He spent two months in hospital and has been unable to return to work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found serious safety failings by Cole Mechanical Services. The MEWP was being used outside when it was only suitable for internal work, the firm’s employees were not trained in how to use MEWPS or how to safely erect tower scaffolding, and no risk assessment had been conducted for the work being carried out.
In addition, at the time of the incident another worker was working on a fragile roof with no protection to prevent falls.
Cole Mechanical Services of Ashbridge Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1)of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8995.00.