10th April 2017
An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell from height while they were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane.
Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that the two men were working either side of the tail using MEWPs when another employee closed the wrong circuit breaker, inadvertently opening the plane’s airbrake, which knocked over both platforms.
The men fell between 10 to 15 feet. One employee suffered fractures to his pelvis, a broken back, three broken ribs, a fractured elbow and a punctured right lung. The second man suffered a broken wrist and a chipped a bone on his spine.
The view of the HSE
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no suitable risk assessment was in place and there was a lack of effective monitoring.
On 15 March 2017, Inflite Engineering Limited pleaded guilty to breaches under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £160,000 with costs.