Dessert maker fined £50k for MD's mother's fragile ceiling fall injuries
25th September 2018
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.