Food processing firm fined after employee injury

A man could seek compensation after falling from the top off a shipping container and sustaining serious injuries while moving corrugated metal sheets.

Barry Walton from Taunton broke his ribs and damaged muscles in his leg and shoulder when he plummeted 2.5 metres to the ground while working for processing company Vion Foods UK in 2010.

The 64-year-old was lifting the metal sheets from a forklift onto the roof when a gust of wind knocked him off the edge, resulting in him being off work for seven weeks.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the investigation found the company had failed to plan the work properly and had not carried out a risk assessment prior to the task.

Inspector Kate Leftly said: "Any work at height needs to be properly planned and supervised to minimise the risk to workers. If these things are not done, falls can happen all too easily with serious consequences."ADNFCR-1500-ID-801303757-ADNFCR

27/02/2012 16:42