£1m fine after worker dies following ladder fall


8th September 2017

As reported by BBC News, a cake manufacturing firm has been fined £1m over the death of a worker at its factory in Hull.

Contractor David Shanks, 55, died after falling from a ladder while working at Greencore Grocery Ltd in Sutton Fields in October 2013.

The company was sentenced at Hull Crown Court after admitting to a health and safety breach in June. Greencore said it was “deeply saddened” by the death and had taken measures to prevent further accidents taking place.

In a statement, the firm said: “Everyone at Greencore was deeply saddened by the tragic accident that led to the loss of Mr Shanks’ life in October 2013 and the company wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family of Mr Shanks.

“The health and wellbeing of our staff and contractors is of paramount importance to Greencore and we have worked closely with the Health & Safety Executive since the accident occurred to ensure every measure is in place to prevent anything of this kind happening again in future.”

After the death, Greencore was issued with a prohibition notice by health and safety inspectors stating it had “not taken suitable and sufficient measures, to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury”.

It was also ordered to pay £30,000 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

During a magistrates hearing two months ago, the company pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide health and safety information to a contractor.

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As part of Lucion’s Take Care Be Aware initiative, we at Innov8 risk consultants actively take care of our health and safety responsibilities, with a continuous awareness of our commitments to knowledge share and educate.

In doing so we have created a series of ‘toolbox talk’ topics to raise awareness of the hazards associated with construction site works, enabling safety professionals to share knowledge and overall save the time and effort in producing them for you and your teams.

Toolbox talks can be carried out in a variety of ways but are typically a brief (2-5 minute) interactive discussion meeting on a safety related topic.

Toolbox Topics are used to cover a variety of short safety training subjects and to remind employees each day before they go to work, the importance of being safe.

In the fifth instalment of our Toolbox Talk Topics, we focus on Falls from any height and the precautions taken to ensure worker safety.

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