Hull workplace stepladder death fall: employer fined £1 million
Stepladder fall death: £1 million fine
Health and Safety Executive v Greencore Grocery Ltd (2017) Hull Crown Court, September 5
Statutory reference: s.3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA).
· A self-employed electrical contractor was wiring a motor above a machine at the company’s bakery site in Hull in October 2013.
· He was standing on a stepladder which the company had agreed to provide. He fell and suffered fatal injuries.
· The company had failed to properly plan the activity from the beginning, including access arrangements for the installation of motors.
The company was fined £1 million plus £30,000 costs under s.3 of HSWA.
An HSE inspector commented after the case that falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in Great Britain. The risks associated with working at height are well-known.