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Warburtons fine prompts call for training

Warburtons fine prompts call for training

03 February 2017

Recent news of national bread maker Warburtons being fined heavily after a worker suffered life changing injuries has prompted calls for training.

Father-of-one Andrew Sears slipped and fell almost two metres while cleaning one of the mixing machines at Warburtons' bakery in Wednesbury, near Wolverhampton, in November 2013.  He was hospitalised with a compression fracture in his spine and did not return to work for over 12 months.  Mr Sears was unable to continue in his previous role and following a further period of sick leave was dismissed by the company in December 2015.

Heavy fine

The HSE investigation found that Warburtons had failed to control the risk of falls when carrying out routine cleaning activities at height.  Warburtons were subsequently fined £2 million and ordered to pay costs over £19,000.

Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Mahesh Mahey said "This highlights how important it is for companies to fully assess the risks from work activities at height and take appropriate action to prevent injury in the workplace.  This should have been prevented... and Mr Sears' life has been changed forever but his injuries could have been more severe."

Importance of training

This is just the latest instance of an inadequate approach to working at height being reported in the UK and it has come at a great cost to the Company and individual involved.  With the right training, this unfortunate incident could have been avoided.

Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has produced a helpful eBook on the subject of Working at Height, which is a useful prompt before works are carried out.  You can download it here.  Reading the eBook is no subject for the proper training of course - visit the Safety section of our website to learn more about the courses we offer.

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