Glazing firm fined £850,000 after worker’s ladder fall
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Glazing firm Safestyle UK has been fined £850,000 after a window installer fell from a ladder, breaking his kneecap.
The accident happened on 1 March last year when the worker’s ladder slipped while he was attempting to install a first-floor rear bedroom window at a property on Cemetery Road, Doncaster.
Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how the ladder was not footed or tied.
The window installer fell from a height of over three metres and subsequently required surgery on his knee.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company’s system for planning work at height was inadequate and that it failed to ensure work was carried out in a safe manner.
Windows were found not to be routinely installed from inside and ladders were used in a way that “constituted serious risk”.
There was also no system of monitoring or supervision in place and operatives were left to their own devices.
H.P.A.S. Ltd, trading as Safestyle UK, of Style House, Eldon Place, Bradford, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £850,000 with £1,083 in costs.
HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith said: “This incident could easily have been prevented had the company implemented reasonably practicable precautions.
“Such precautions include having effective and enforced safe systems of work, whereby windows are installed internally where possible, or by using suitable access solutions which provide edge protection, and having a formal system in place to ensure works are appropriately supervised.”