HSE fines poultry farm following work accident

Health & Safety update 15/11/2011

A Shropshire-based poultry farm has been prosecuted due to a serious workplace accident.

A 36-year-old male agency worker was employed on a temporary basis at Llynclys Farm, which has a site in the grounds of Stoke Heath Farm in Market Drayton, when the incident occurred in July 2009.

The unnamed man was walking across a temporary platform that had been built out of stacked cages as he attempted to move hens out of the poultry house.

He tripped on the platform and fell three metres to the ground, suffering a collapsed lung and fracturing his pelvis.

Following the accident, a thorough investigation was carried out by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which found that, whilst the farm had identified the risk of falls, it had not fitted any edge protection to the platform to prevent it from happening.

Llynclys Farm pleaded guilty to failing to protect the health and safety of its workers and was fined £6,000 plus £6,276 costs at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court.

Janice Dale, HSE inspector, told Insider Media, “Falling from height remains the most common cause of workplace deaths and those who survive are often seriously injured, as in this avoidable incident.

“Llynclys Farm had identified the potential for workers to fall from the platform but failed to act on its own risk assessment. This dangerous system of work had been in place for around five years before the incident,” Ms Dale added.


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