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A workman needed stitches on a wound to his hand after he fell through a mezzanine floor at premises owned by car parts manufacturer Auto-Plas in Essex last May.
The accident occurred after he had been asked to dismantle the mezzanine surface in the production area of his employer's sister company Benchmark Doors when he fell backwards through a gap.
He sustained a laceration to his hand as well as a minor head injury. An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that no steps had been taken to ensure he could work safely at height.
Keith Waller of the HSE said "These work accident injuries were entirely preventable and with some simple planning, the work could have been done safely from the floor below."
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