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Shropshire poultry farm prosecuted for worker's fall

Llynclys Farm Ltd. has been fined after a worker fractured his pelvis falling nearly three metres from an unguarded platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident outside a poultry house at their Stoke Heath Farm site in Market Drayton, on 20 July 2009.

Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court heard how the 36-year-old agency worker was walking on a temporary platform made from stacks of cages to move hens from the poultry house when he tripped.

He fell nearly three metres from the unprotected platform edge, fracturing his pelvis in two places and also suffering a collapsed lung.

HSE's investigation into the incident found Llynclys Farm had identified the risk of workers falling from the platform but did not fit any edge protection to it or take any other measures to reduce the risk of falls.

Llynclys Farm Ltd, of The Mill, Morton, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £6,276 costs.

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