DIY chain recieves £450k fine after four workers fell in warehouse

Leyland SDM (LSDM), a decorators’ merchant has been given the fine after four workers fell over 3.5 m while carrying a ventilation unit that they were installing. Two of the men suffered leg fractures.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard last week that LSDM, which has 17 branches in London, was redeveloping a warehouse in Wembley in northwest London when the incident happened.

The four workers were installing were installing a ventilation unit when their working platform became overloaded and gave way. A Health and Safety Investigation (HSE) found that neither the lifting operations nor the work at height had been properly planned. One worker sustained a broken collar bone.

LSDM had not properly managed the risks faced by the workers as they lifted the ventilation unit at height. It also failed to have the right level of trained personnel and supervision.

LSDM pleaded guilty to breaching regs 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and reg 4(1) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. It was given a £450 000 fine and ordered to pay costs of £1038.

Before completing this type of activity both employers and employees are required to plan the work process properly, taking into consideration working at height and lifting operations. LSDM had also not properly managed the risks faced by the workmen as they lifted the ventilation unit at height. It is also imperative to have the right level of trained personnel and supervision.

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