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Engineering Company’s Failings ‘Led To Employee Death’

The worker fell 30ft to his death.

An international engineering company has been prosecuted for serious safety failings by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an investigation found that the firm in question had failed to implement, monitor and enforce its own system of working which exposed their employees to the risk of death.

A member of staff was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on an electricity pylon in Great Orton at Carlisle in July 2014, when he fell 30 feet to his death. He had been employed as a rigger by the company and had been working alongside a colleague in getting the pylons ready for maintenance work to be carried out.

On the morning of July 5th, this employee found that the painters had already begun work despite the fact that the pylon hadn’t been rigged. He climbed 30ft up the pylon when he fell backwards, sustaining multiple injuries and dying at the scene.

HSE inspector Susan Ritchie said: “The company were clearly aware of the hazards involved with pylon work and had a system in place to manage the risks. Unfortunately they failed to implement, monitor and enforce this system of work. In addition they failed to ensure the proper inspection and provision of safety critical personal protective equipment.”

It’s vital that you do make the time to carry out a full risk assessment, no matter what job you’re undertaking or asking your workers to complete. If you need help with this, perhaps because you’re pushed for time, get in touch with us here at HFR Solutions CIC, experts in disaster preparedness & response plans.

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