A construction company that specialises in laying roadways has been fined after one of its employees fell from the bonnet of a tar laying machine.
The Court heard that in November 2016, an employee working at a site was standing on the bonnet of the tar laying machine to cut the branches of overhanging trees when he fell from the bonnet into the tar hopper. The gentelman sustained a fractured back and damaged spinal cord causing permanent paralysis from the waist down.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to plan the task of cutting the overhanging branches and this resulted in an employee using the bonnet of the tar laying machine which was not a safe place to work.
The compny was fined £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Kirstin Lynchahon said:the failings resulted in serious and life changing injuries which could have easily been prevented had the company planned the work at height. Planning the branch cutting activity would have included an assessment of the risks and either avoidance of working at height using long reach tools or measures being put in place to prevent a fall.
“Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on small projects.”