Leeds Firm Puts Workers at Risk from Working at Height

The Health and Safety Executive successfully brought a prosecution against a Leeds Printing firm who put its workers in danger at their factory in Wortley, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The firm used the factory for stocktaking. The Court heard that it regularly permitted employees to be lifted up to almost six metres using a box that was perched on a fork lift truck. To make matters worse the plastic box was not properly fixed to the forklift and there was no protection from falls at all.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Leeds Magistrates today (30 Nov) that First Class Post Ltd allowed .

The court was told HSE brought the prosecution after finding out about the company’s stocktaking practice.

First Class Post Ltd  based in Wortley, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,041 in costs.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman stressed the dangers of falls at work saying that in 2010/11  38 people died as a result of workplace falls and more than 4,000 suffered a major industry

For information and advice on safe working at height, go to www.hse.gov.uk/falls