Fall from height leads to prosecution

By on 31/01/2011 in News

Steven Roadknight, of Safety Train UK Ltd. was fined £500 at Birmingham Magistrates Court . The matter was prosecuted by Birmingham City Council Regulatory Services after an employee fell over 3 metres whilst being trained on how to escape from a Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) lift truck in a Birmingham distribution centre.

Mr. Roadknight, a director of Safety Train UK ltd. was carrying out the rope escape training when the employee he was training fell during her descent from the VNA cab.  The investigation into the incident revealed that Mr. Roadknight had failed to follow national guidance on escape training.  Roadknight used inappropriate equipment and failed to use a separate safety rope and helmets for his students.

Magistrates heard that Mr. Roadknight would be unable to continue carrying out safety training as he was likely to have his membership revoked by accrediting bodies ITSSAR and RTITB.

Investigating officer James Rudman said “The injured employee was extremely lucky to not have been more seriously injured.  Failing to use a safety rope and helmets could quite easily have resulted in this being a fatal incident. I was pleased that the court agreed and supported our actions”

Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, Birmingham City Council Regulatory Services said “I am pleased that the Magistrates recognised the seriousness of the offence. My officers will continue to take action where businesses and individuals fail to comply with minimum health & safety standards “.

Mr. Roadknight pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrate's Court to breaching Section 37 of Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was ordered to pay £1500 in costs.

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