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Dessert maker fined £50k for MD's mother's fragile ceiling fall injuries

A Colchester-based manufacturer of branded desserts for the retail, foodservice and travel catering markets has been prosecuted after the managing director's mother fell through ceiling tiles and sustained serious injuries to her pelvis. 


Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard on 21 September how the MD's mother, an Indulgence Patisserie employee, was asked to sort shoes, which were stored on a floor next to an unprotected area of fragile ceiling tiles when the incident happened on 8 January 2016.

While carrying out the non-routine task, the employee fell around 2.7 m. The injuries she sustained resulted in a five-day hospital stay.  

The Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company had failed to assess and manage the risks created by carrying out the non-routine task and had not implemented control measures for working near a fragile ceiling.

Indulgence Patisserie, of Clough Road, Colchester, Essex pleaded guilty breaching reg 9(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The manufacturer was fined £50,000 and must pay £5,152 costs.


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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