An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Bedfordshire Council did not have a risk assessment or safe system for working at height in place to retrieve items from the roof
When he fell from height, the worker sustained eight broken ribs, a grade four lacerated liver and a punctured lung.
Central Bedfordshire Council pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £9,308.00 with £7,699.32 costs.
Most common causes of work-related fatalities
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, Rubeena Surnam, said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.
“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers. If a safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
Regulation 4 (1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005
- Every employer shall ensure that work at height is—
- properly planned;
- appropriately supervised; and
- carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe, and that its planning includes the selection of work equipment in accordance with regulation 7.