Scandinavian Log Cabins Direct Ltd, of Lincolnshire, is to pay £1k in fines and costs after a workman fell from a ladder. Raymond Martin, aged 48 year, had been working on a scaffold tower constructing a log cabin. However, during a break, the scaffolded area was removed, so the work was completed using a ladder which was not tied, secured or footed. The ladder slipped and he fell 3m to a concrete floor, sustaining serious injuries.
HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said “This incident could easily have been avoided if the company had done a proper risk assessment to ensure adequate safety measures were in place for people working at height, including planning and supervising this work. None of these things happened.”
“All employers should heed this warning to ensure that they have safe systems of work in place when organising work at height. HSE will not hesitate to prosecute employers who put the safety of others at risk.”