Workplace vehicles and falls risk | Company fined after employee falls from lorry
A manufacturer has been fined after an employee suffered serious injury in a fall from height.
The employee was injured after he fell from a lorry bed while unloading the vehicle. The fall resulted in multiple fractures, causing the worker to miss over five months of work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the employer had failed to train employees on how to safely access lorry beds. The firm had not provided suitable and clear instructions or training so that employees did not access lorry beds in an unsafe manner.
HR Manager, Empire Cinema
Getting on and off a vehicle at height to carry out loading/unloading tasks is seen as incidental to the main job. As a result, the risks involved may not be properly considered by both employers and employees.
Careful assessment of the task and putting simple and cost-effective safety controls in place can reduce the risk of falls from vehicles significantly. It can also help to avoid potential losses for your business.
Get help from workers using vehicles – they know how tasks are really done and normally have good ideas about how to make them safer and more efficient.
Think in terms of the following hierarchy of controls:
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