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Shropshire firm fined for worker's fall from height

A Shropshire firm, which hires out equipment for working safely at height, has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he fell from a cherry picker.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted UK Platforms Ltd. following the incident at the company's depot in Halesfield, Telford.

Telford Magistrates' Court heard how the 42-year-old man was standing on the cherry picker's engine canopy to repair the mechanical arm when he fell two metres, landing on a concrete floor.

He suffered a compression fracture to his skull, which caused bleeding on his brain, and fractured four vertebrae, four ribs and his collarbone.

He was in hospital for nearly two weeks and has not been able to return to work since the incident on 28 March 2011.

HSE's investigation into the incident found UK Platforms had failed to plan or supervise the work properly and there was no protection to stop the man from falling from the machine.

UK Platforms Ltd., of Stafford Park 1, Telford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and, on 11 September, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £5,888 costs.


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