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2 metre fall leads to a £2m fine

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

Warburtons has been fined £2m following the hospitalisation of one of their employees following a fall at work. Their employee had been cleaning one of the bakery mixing machines when he fell the 2 metres resulting in a compression fracture of his spine.


The investigation by HSE found that there had been a lack of supervision, training and risk assessment for working at height.  Warbutons plead guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations.


All work at height should be planned and covered by risk assessment, detailed safe working procedures, correct equipment and followed up with suitable training.  Given the potential consequences involved, Law At Work are able to offer advice and guidance on any work at height operations.

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