Slips, trips and falls in the workplace

A five-metre fall left a construction worker with injuries so serious, it may well have ended his career. Following the prosecution of his employers for the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning companies to ensure that they have safe systems in place for working at height. The carpenter fell from an extension ladder in the autumn of 2006 whilst he was carrying a 8ft x 4ft piece of chipboard weighing approximately 25kg. He suffered a severely broken ankle, broken wrist, and facial injuries where the wood hit him after he fell. The employer pleaded guilty at magistrates

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