Engineering Company Fined Over Worker's Fall

Man Sustained Broken Bones After Falling 4m

03.12.2014

An engineering firm in Kent has been fined £9,000 after an employee fell more than four metres and sustained serious injuries.

Ian Cartwright, who works for Ebbsfleet Engineering Services, was dismantling a recycling line at a facility in Kettering when the incident occurred.

He was working on a cabin built on four metre-high metal stilts, the walls of which had been removed, when he was knocked off balance onto the concrete floor below.

Mr Cartwright suffered a punctured lung and broke eight ribs, his shoulder and collarbone. His injuries left him off work for four months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was nothing in place to prevent workers from falling when working around the edges of the cabin area.

"This was an avoidable incident and demonstrates the importance of risk assessments being carried out and appropriate control measures put in place," said HSE inspector Sam Russell.