Company fined £5,500 after council investigation

By on 21/01/2011 in News

GLK Installations Limited was fined £5,500 at Birmingham magistrates’ court today, 21st January 2011. The matter was prosecuted by Birmingham City Council after an employee fell from a petrol station canopy in Small Heath, Birmingham on the 28th October 2008.

The employee working on the canopy fell approximately 4.45 metres, having stepped onto the canopy underside sheeting, which was not capable of taking his weight.  Before he fell, he had been connected to the canopy but because his safety line became snagged, he had to unclip himself.

The council’s regulatory services health and safety team launched an immediate investigation, serving a prohibition notice preventing further work on the canopy because of unsafe working practices.

Investigating officer Terry Mallard said: “The GLK employee sustained a fractured pelvis and was very lucky not to have died.  GLK failed to ensure that suitable control measures were in place to prevent employees falling from the canopy.”

Councillor Neil Eustace, chair of Birmingham City Council’s public protection committe, said “I am pleased that the magistrates recognised the seriousness of the offence. My officers will continue to take action where businesses fail to comply with minimum health and safety standards.”

The company pleaded guilty at Birmingham magistrates’ court to breaching Regulation 4, 5 and 6 (3) of Work & Height Regulations 2005 and were ordered to also pay £2,793 in costs.

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