Engineering Company Fined Over Worker's Fall

Man Sustained Broken Bones After Falling 4m


Andrew Robinson, Press Officer | 0113 218 6463
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.

Expert Opinion
In this shocking case an employee suffered severe and life-changing injuries as a result of poor health and safety standards in the workplace. All too often we see workers suffer as a direct result of companies failing to comply with the latest health and safety regulations set out by the HSE.

“It is vital all work conducted at height is subjected to a risk assessment, workers are trained correctly and measures are implemented to ensure a safe working environment in order to avoid incidents such as this.

“Hopefully this successful HSE prosecution will ensure employers comply with the latest regulations and take their responsibility for health and safety seriously.”
Andrew Robinson, Press Officer