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Gloucester Manufacturer Fined Over Worker Fall

An electrical products manufacturer in Gloucester has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for safety failings after a work fell from height and sustained injuries.

On 22 April 2013, Cheltenham Magistrates Court was told that 63 year old Roger Bouskill was helping remove some equipment and plant when the incident took place at Mefuka (UK) Ltd on 28 March 2012.

The worker was dismantling a huge oven, the duct of which was long enough to reach the ceiling space.  A forklift cage had to be used to remove sections of the duct.  In order to carry out the operation, he had to get to the roof of the oven. As he was doing this, the stack moved and toppled, knocking him to the ground.

Mr Bouskill fell almost 2.5 metres below and suffered a fractured arm and concussion.  He was only able to return to work after five weeks.

An investigation carried out by the HSE revealed that risk assessment of the task had not been carried out.  In addition, there was no suitable plan for carrying out the task and neither was the worker adequately supervised.  The forklift truck operator was also not trained for the task.

The company admitted to breaching Health and Safety at Work Act.  They were ordered to pay a fine of £3,000 in addition to £3,569 in costs.