A glazing firm was fined after a worker fell from the roof of a van, causing severe head injuries.
On 19 June 2012, Alan Campbell, who worked for Anglian Windows Limited, fell when loading an easi-dec system onto the roof of the van after working at a domestic property at Linlithgow.
Mr Campbell, 47, suffered two bleeds to the brain and was kept in an induced coma for over three weeks. Compression to his forehead required a metal plate to be inserted to partly reshape his face. He now suffers epilepsy and is unable to drive.
After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service, it was found that Anglian Windows Limited had failed to provide sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees who were required to load and unload equipment from van roofs.
Anglian Windows Limited, of Anson Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty at Livingston Sheriff Court, and was fined £10,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Ritchie McCrae said: “Loading and unloading of materials and equipment from van roofs should be properly planned and appropriate control measures identified and employed.
“On this occasion, Anglian Windows failed to control the risk of falls from van roofs as the company was entirely reliant on an instruction which was not properly communicated and was not monitored to check compliance. As a result of this, an incident occurred which was entirely preventable and an employee sustained serious and life changing injuries.”
For information on working at height go to: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm
Notes to Editors
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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- In Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has sole responsibility for the raising of criminal proceedings for breaches of health and safety legislation.