Dangerous machines and falls in the workplace – high number of prosecutions
Hampshire Personal Injury Solicitor, Vicki Wright, identifies a recent Health and Safety Report on the number of prosecutions brought for dangerous machines and falls in the workplace. The report reveals the highest cause of prosecutions against firms in the North West of England related to accidents at height and unsafe machinery. On balance, it is probably not unreasonable to suggest that this situation is replicated across most of the country. Indeed, it is reported that an estimated 181 lives were lost in Great Britain in 2012/13 and falls from height were the most common cause of workplace deaths.
The Health and Safety Executive reports that it successfully brought 65 cases to court in the region during the 12 months from April 2013 – 14 cases involving work at height and 12 involving unsafe machinery. Cases include a firm being fined £46,000 after a worker almost lost his arm when it became trapped in machinery and in another case, both the construction company and the sub-contractor appeared before Magistrates after a worker suffered a fractured skull and broken back when he fell from a house roof.
Vicki Wright, Personal Injury Solicitor at Swain & Co says, “Working at height is inherently dangerous and it is crucial that firms do all they can to stop their employees being injured or killed in accidents at work.. Safety provisions include using properly constructed scaffolding or harnesses, for example, and must be used appropriately to avoid workers being injured in falls”.