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  Council fined after employee was injured from fall

Council fined after employee was injured from fall

31 October 2016 Email this article

A Yorkshire council has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a ladder.

Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) fell from a ladder while descending from a porch roof which was being re-felted. He fell 2.4 metres and suffered two broken vertebrae.

An HSE investigation into the incident which occurred on 23 April 2015 found that the ladder was not tied and there was no edge protection in place for the porch roof. The task had not been risk assessed and decisions regarding safety and equipment were left to the workers.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council of County Hall, Beverley, Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £664.00.