A wood waste company has been fined £216,000 after a worker died after falling 4 m from a trailer platform while unsheeting the unit at the firm’s South Yorkshire site.
Sheffield Crown Court was told that R Plevin & Sons had failed to carry out an adequate assessment for sheeting and unsheeting trailers at the site in Hazlehead. No automatic sheeting was used and workers, including the deceased, Paul Littlewood, were exposed to fall risk.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the only measure to prevent access to the platform attached to the front of the “walking floor” trailer unit was a wire rope, which was normally fastened to a post on the platform with a carabiner and was hanging loose when the incident happened.
R Plevin & Sons, of Mossley, Ashton Under Lyme, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and reg 3 (1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was also ordered to pay £31,266 in costs.