Waste and recycling services company Veolia ES Staffordshire Ltd (part of Veoila UK group) were fined £18,000 (inc. costs) after a worker suffered life changing injuries when he fell more than 8 feet from a conveyor.
The circumstances were:
On 2 May 2014 , a worker was clearing items caught on the forks of a ‘grizzly conveyor’.
Veolia failed to risk assess this operation.
The worker fell from the unprotected edge of the conveyor.
The HSE Inspector said:
“ This incident was entirely preventable, clearing the conveyor in this way was a routine part of the job but no risk assessment had been carried out. If it had it would have been obvious edge protection was essential. The injured worker is still suffering from his injuries now and has only been able to return to work on limited duties. Falls from height are the most common cause of serious injury and fatalities in the workplace, it’s imperative that risk assessments are carried out and suitable control measures are put in place to eliminate or reduce the risks”