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Worker dies after 6 m skylight fall

A carton manufacturer has been sentenced after a worker fell to his death through a skylight at its factory in Birmingham. 

Worker dies after 6 m skylight fall
Birmingham Magistrates' Court | Image credit: ©Richard Rogerson (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Landor Cartons pleaded guilty to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and regs 4(1) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations. It has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,570. 
 
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told that, on 27 October 2017, the contract worker sustained fatal head injuries when he fell 6 m through the broken skylight on to the factory floor. 
 
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to risk-asses working at height activities and implement a safe system of work. 
 
HSE inspector Christopher Maher said: “Falls at height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

 

Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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