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Kent fruit farm fined for safety failings

Paynes Stores Limited pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Working at Height Regulations, resulting in a fine of £18,600.


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The farm manager at Paynes Stores Limited suffered fractured ribs and a punctured lung after a fall
The farm manager at Paynes Stores Limited suffered fractured ribs and a punctured lung after a fall

Paynes Stores Limited, Kent has been fined a total of £18,600 and ordered to pay a further £9,173 in costs, for safety failings following a reportable incident.

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site at Bexon Manor Farm, Bredgar, after the farm manager fell from his ladder whilst carrying out repair work on the roof of the apple store.

 

He suffered fractured ribs and a punctured lubg as a result of the incident, which happened on December 4, 2014.

 

An investigation by the HSE found on a separate occasion, a self-employed contractor working at Paynes Stores had repaired a door by standing in an apple box raised at height by a fork lift truck.

 

Sevenoakes Magistrates Court heard the store had been allowing roof work to be undertaken without any control or training specific to the tasks.

 

Paynes Stores pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and the Working at Height Regulations.

 

After the hearing, HSE inspector Joanne Williams commented: “Death and serious injury following falls from the edge of roofs or through fragile materials are all too common and proper planning is vital to ensure the work is carried out safely and the correct precautions are identified and used.”

 

“I hope this prosecution makes it clear to employers that they need to properly manage the risks of working at height and that HSE will not hesitate to take action against those who fall short of the law in such a way.”


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