Worker dies following a fall from a Cherry Picker


    A Company in Grantham has been fined £200,000 for a breach of health and safety regulations that resulted in an employee dying following a fall from a cherry picker.

    The incident took place in February 2016.

    In a case brought by the HSE the company appeared at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, where three offences were admitted.
    • Failure to provide and maintain a safe working system for employees, including repairs to a crane.
    • Failure to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of health and safety risks to employees.
    • Failure to make arrangements for the effective control, monitoring and review of preventative and protective health and safety measures of employees engaged in maintenance tasks.

    The company pleaded guilty to being in breach of Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulations 3(1) and 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The firm was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,622.05 and a £170 victim surcharge.

    Speaking after the hearing, the Inspector said: "Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. This incident could have been prevented had the company provided appropriate supervision and suitable fall-arrest equipment for their workers to wear and use.”