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The boss of Lancashire truck maintenance firm M Wilson Commercials has been ordered to pay £6,000 after one of his employees broke his back when he fell off a ladder.
In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution at South Ribble Magistrates' Court, Michael Wilson was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,000 following the incident at the Roadferry Transport Yard in Farington, Leyland, in March 2010.
The man had climbed up a ladder at the commercial vehicle garage to reach the release mechanism for a lorry cab. He fell to the ground when the ladder slipped, causing him to fracture vertebrae in his spine.
HSE investigators discovered that the ladder had missing feet at both ends, the bottom rung was damaged and it appeared to have been cut off at the top.
Wilson admitted breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to make sure the ladder was well maintained while the employee is still unable to return to work.
According to Matt Lea, HSE investigating inspector, the ladder should have been checked in advance to make sure it was suitable: "The employee had not received any training on working at height or with ladders, despite regularly needing to do it as part of his job. He therefore simply used the nearest available ladder."
Nobody from M Wilson Commercials was available for comment.