Saturday, 10 December 2016

Volvo fined £900,000 after fall from fault step ladder

Volvo was fined £905,900 (inc.costs) after one of their workers fell and suffered head injuries.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred at their national truck, bus and plant division.
  • On 17 September 2015 a worker was servicing a large delivery truck.
  • A step ladder that he was using was damaged and its anti-slip feet were worn.
  • It was not Volvo property and had not been maintained or checked to ensure it was suitable for use.
  • Volvo UK had not trained their staff to select, inspect and use access equipment for work at height.
  • He was repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness.
  • He was placed in a medically induced coma for two-weeks. 
  • He still suffers from ongoing complications and has been unable to return to work.

The HSE inspector said,
“This worker suffered life changing injuries that could have been prevented by simple health and safety precautions. For two weeks his family was told to prepare for the worst as he was placed in an induced coma to help manage the swelling on his brain. This case is not about banning ladders, on many occasions they are the right equipment to use when working at height, it is about companies ensuring they properly maintain their work at height equipment and train their workers on how to inspect them and select the correct tools for the job. As this case shows, even a fall from a relatively small height can have devastating consequences.”

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