The circumstances were:
- The contractor was using a scissor lift to replace high level lights in a fabrication shop.
- There was no system of work in place for the contractor to carry out his task safely.
- No attempt was made to isolate an overhead gantry crane which was used in that area.
- Another worker was using the gantry crane to move steel around the shop when it struck the scissor lift.
- The contractor fell to the factory floor below and suffered five broken ribs, lacerations to his elbow and injuries to his hips.
The HSE Inspector said:
"This was a serious incident and, in a fall of six metres, this worker was lucky not to have lost his life. It was also needless and avoidable. The incident could have easily been prevented if a simple, suitable system of work had been used by Dollcast, including the secure isolation of the overhead crane from its power supply. This would have been a straightforward process of establishing a break in the power supply, normally by using a lockable isolator switch, and then securing the switch in the 'off' position using a padlock to prevent it being switched back on until the maintenance work had finished. Working at height is a significant risk activity across all industries. Last year more than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries following a fall. Working at height must always be properly planned."