Anglian Windows fined £10,000 after worker suffers bleeds on brain
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A Norwich glazing company has been fined £10,000 after an 'entirely preventable' fall which left an employee in an induced coma.
Alan Campbell had been working for Anglian Windows at a home in Linlithgow, Scotland, on June 19, 2012, when he fell from the roof of a van.
He had been loading a scaffolding system onto the roof at the time.
The 47-year-old suffered two bleeds to the brain and was kept in an induced coma for three weeks.
The compression to his forehead was so extensive he required a metal plate to be fitted to partly reshape his face.
He is now epileptic and is unable to drive as a result of the incident.
After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service, it was found that Anglian Windows had failed to provide sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees who were required to load and unload equipment from van roofs.
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The firm, of Anson Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty at Livingston Sheriff Court last week, and was fined £10,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ritchie McCrae said: 'Loading and unloading of materials and equipment from van roofs should be properly planned and appropriate control measures identified and employed.
'On this occasion, Anglian Windows failed to control the risk of falls from van roofs as the company was entirely reliant on an instruction which was not properly communicated and was not monitored to check compliance.'
Anglian Windows is part of the Anglian Group, which did not wish to comment on the case.