A waste management firm in the Black Country has been fined £12,000 after a worker fell nearly three metres, narrowly missing a crushing machine, when a guard-rail gave way.
AB Waste Management Ltd in Stourbridge was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The company was ordered to pay an additional £1,836 in costs after it pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
HSE inspector Gardabil Singh Tiwana said: "The worker was seriously let down by his employers who failed to maintain the safety measures that were supposed to protect him."
Victims of such safety failings could well claim thousands of pounds of injury compensation and Mr Tiwana warned other companies to ensure that guards supplied for their work activities are "fit for purpose".
In just one week last month, one in every four construction sites visited by the HSE in Cumbria failed their safety inspections, which underlined the need for employers to do more to avoid work injuries and subsequent injury compensation claims.
Posted by Wayne Weir