A severe work injury at a power station has led the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to remind employers that they face fines and injury compensation claims if they do not have adequate hazard warning systems.
The warning follows an incident at Drax Power in Selby, North Yorkshire, in which an employee fell ten feet through a hole uncovered when a floor plate was removed.
No hazard warning sign had been set up around the hole and the employee suffered serious injuries which have prevented him from returning to work.
Drax Power was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a further £2,800 in costs following a successful prosecution by the HSE.
"All work at height should be regarded as high risk, requiring stringent control measures to prevent often fatal consequences," commented HSE inspector Jacqueline Ferguson.
The prosecution comes soon after the UK Lift Company was fined for failing to ensure the safety of one employee who broke several bones when he fell down a lift shaft.