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Workplace death fall

Fall death: £600,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Go Ahead London (2017) Southwark Crown Court, February 14

Statutory reference: s.3 of the Health and Safety at Work, ertc., Act 1974 (HSWA).

Go Ahead London, a bus company, has been fined after a worker suffered fatal fall injuries.

The facts

· In May 2011 a worker was using a ladder to access the top of a fuel tank. He fell two and a half metres and suffered fatal injuries.

· The company did not implement and keep to its own procedures for managing contractors. As a result it failed to manage contractors effectively or to ensure that they worked in a safe manner.

The decision

The company was fined £600,000 plus £78,000 costs under s.3 HSWA for failing to ensure the health and safety of non-employees.

An HSE inspector commented after the case that the case had been entirely preventable.

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