Company charged over fatal stepladder fall

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

A leading manufacturer of convenience foods has been fined £1m after a fatal stepladder accident at its Hull factory.

A self-employed electrician, who was hired by Greencore, was killed when he fell from a stepladder provided by the company. Greencore pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £1m plus £30,000 costs.

HSE has said that Greencore 'had failed to properly plan the job', stating: "Work at height regulations require that all work at height is properly planned and appropriate access is provided. If Greencore had carried this out this death could have been prevented."

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