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Fine for Direct Window Company

05/12/11: The owner of a double-glazing firm from Blackpool has received a fine following an employee falling from a ladder.

The man, who has requested anonymity, had climbed a ladder in order to measure an upstairs window at a house in Bispham when he fell almost 5 metres and landed on concrete. He sustained multiple injuries including a broken ankle and knee, four broken ribs, a damaged foot and a punctured lung.

Craig Goss who owns the Direct Window Co has been prosecuted by HSE after their investigation revealed that his employee had been allowed to work without a colleague at the base of the ladder to keep it stable and prevent it from falling. The court heard that this was not an isolated incident and the man had worked alone on several previous occasions.

Blackpool Magistrates were told that the man has still not been able to return to work more than 7 months after the accident took place.

Mr Goss has been fined £8K and received a cost order for £2K after pleading guilty to breaching H&S legislation, specifically relating to working at height regulations.

A HSE spokesperson commented after the hearing that Mr Goss should not have allowed this man to work alone and because he did, an employee sustained complex injuries which have kept him away from work for many months.

It is of the utmost importance that employers manage work at height correctly as workers can be injured or even killed in a fall.