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Warburtons fined £2million after worker fall

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at their Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters.

The father-of-one was hospitalised with a compression fracture in his spine. He was not able to return to work until a year later and was unable to continue in his old role.  He was dismissed a year after his return after another long period of sick leave.

The Health and Safety Investigation found that Warburtons Limited routinely expected their workers to access the top of the mixers to clean them. The workers were often unbalanced and would brace themselves to stop from falling. The workers were not adequately supervised and there had been no training on how the mixer needed to be cleaned at height. The company failed to control the risk of falls from height when carrying out this routine cleaning activity.

Warburtons Limited, Hereford Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £ 2million and ordered to pay costs of £19,609.28.

Added: 27-01-2017
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