Monday, January 17, 2011

Local worker breaks leg in fall from racking

Local worker breaks leg in fall from racking: "An employee of Phoenox Textiles, a Huddersfield based company, fell from an unguarded platform whilst working to dismantle a 30-foot high racking system. Fifty-seven year-old Dennis Hunter, of Barnsley, was left with a broken leg and crushed ankle when he fell eight feet onto concrete while dismantling racking at Phoenox Textiles' site in Spring Grove Mills, Clayton West. A subsequent HSE investigation deemed he had received no training for the work and had been using the wrong type of access equipment. The company was ordered to pay just over _15,000 in fines and costs and to date Mr Hunter remains unable to fully bear weight on his injured leg. If you are considering working at height always ensure you conduct a thorough risk assessment and provide adequate training and specialist access equipment. Our team of experts at Access Ability has been specifically tasked with offering customers the best advice and equipment solutions for safely working at height..."

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