Heywood firm receives £250k fine after worker's

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Published on August 5, 2014

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Heywood firm receives £250k fine after worker's fatal fall from height A Heywood-based logistics firm received a hefty fine at Manchester Crown Court over January in a prosecution brought forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Aramex (UK) Ltd, of Heywood Distribution Park, was fined a total of £250,000 with costs of £20,000 in the hearing, while 55-year-old roofing contractor Gary Edwards was given a four-month jail sentence suspended for one year, after both parties pleaded guilty to one breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Section 2(1) of this workplace health and safety law calls for employers to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees while in the workplace. The hearing related to a fatal accident at work on December 12th 2011. The court was told that Aramex took on Mr Edwards to repair a leak to the roof and clean the guttering of the company's offices and warehouses at the Ring way Trading Estate. Mr Edwards arrived on-site with 48-year-old Stockport resident Michael Sweet. Mr Sweet was clearing the guttering when he put his foot on a clear roof panel, which was supposed to let natural light into the warehouse. The fragile panel broke and he fell through it and landed on the concrete floor. Ambulances were called, but Mr Sweet's injuries were very serious and he died on his way to hospital. When interviewed about the accident at work under caution, Mr Edwards, of Gatley's Silverdale Road, said the only workplace safety equipment he had given to Mr Sweet for the task at hand was a pair of gloves. Some of the health and safety measures that could have prevented the fatal workplace accident from occurring include harnesses, scaffolding, or cherry pickers, or boards could have been placed over the roof panels. Mr Edwards did not carry out a risk assessment and did not implement any of these measures. Furthermore, HSE investigations revealed Aramex had also breached health and safety guidelines by failing to assess how the work would be performed and by failing to supervise the work. : Heywood firm receives £250k fine after worker's fatal fall from height A Heywood-based logistics firm received a hefty fine at Manchester Crown Court over January in a prosecution brought forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE ). Aramex (UK) Ltd, of Heywood Distribution Park, was fined a total of £250,000 with costs of £20,000 in the hearing, while 55-year-old roofing contractor Gary Edwards was given a four-month jail sentence suspended for one year, after both parties pleaded guilty to one breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 . Section 2(1) of this workplace health and safety law calls for employers to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees while in the workplace . The hearing related to a fatal accident at work on December 12 th 2011. The court was told that Aramex took on Mr Edwards to repair a leak to the roof and clean the guttering of the company's offices and warehouses at the Ring way Trading Estate. Mr Edwards arrived on-site with 48-year-old Stockport resident Michael Sweet. Mr Sweet was clearing the guttering when he put his foot on a clear roof panel, which was supposed to let natural light into the warehouse. The fragile panel broke and he fell through it and landed on the concrete floor. Ambulances were called, but Mr Sweet's injuries were very serious and he died on his way to hospital . When interviewed about the accident at work under caution, Mr Edwards, of Gatley's Silverdale Road, said the only workplace safety equipment he had given to Mr Sweet for the task at hand was a pair of gloves . Some of the health and safety measures that could have prevented the fatal workplace accident from occurring include harnesses, scaffolding, or cherry pickers, or boards could have been placed over the roof panels. Mr Edwards did not carry out a risk assessment and did not implement any of these measures . Furthermore, HSE investigations revealed Aramex had also breached health and safety guidelines by failing to assess how the work would be performed and by failing to supervise the work . HSE Inspector Ian Bentley said Mr Edwards and Aramex did not consider Mr Sweet's health and safety adequately, and this sadly led to his death. He noted that Mr Edwards had worked at the same warehouse several times in the past and was aware that the roof may be dangerous. Furthermore, Aramex knew the work was dangerous but simply allowed the employees to the job, rather than assessing how it would be undertaken and monitoring it. Mr Bentley highlighted the legal duty of care employers and individuals have towards the wellbeing of workers through health and safety law. He said if Mr Edwards and Aramex had taken these responsibilities "seriously", Mr Sweet may still be alive today. Falls from height are one of the leading causes of work-related death in the UK. Companies uncertain of the workplace safety regulations and guidelines relating to work at height should visit the HSE's dedicated webpage. Carol is a freelance blogger and journalist who works alongside a team of cash advance solicitors to provide timely articles about compensation claims, health and safety and a range of other matters. http://cashadvancesolicitors.co.uk/   : HSE Inspector Ian Bentley said Mr Edwards and Aramex did not consider Mr Sweet's health and safety adequately, and this sadly led to his death. He noted that Mr Edwards had worked at the same warehouse several times in the past and was aware that the roof may be dangerous. Furthermore, Aramex knew the work was dangerous but simply allowed the employees to the job, rather than assessing how it would be undertaken and monitoring it. Mr Bentley highlighted the legal duty of care employers and individuals have towards the wellbeing of workers through health and safety law. He said if Mr Edwards and Aramex had taken these responsibilities "seriously", Mr Sweet may still be alive today. Falls from height are one of the leading causes of work-related death in the UK. Companies uncertain of the workplace safety regulations and guidelines relating to work at height should visit the HSE's dedicated webpage. Carol is a freelance blogger and journalist who works alongside a team of cash advance solicitors to provide timely articles about compensation claims, health and safety and a range of other matters. http://cashadvancesolicitors.co.uk/  

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