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Court Summary - at a glance
- To ensure adequate health and safety policies were in place;
- To ensure the warehouse was a safe working environment for its staff, including having appropriate edge protection and effective fall arrest systems;
- To ensure that staff working in the warehouse were adequately trained for working at a height including the use of lanyards and harnesses;
- To consult adequately with Knight Group to identify risks, agree how to work at height safely, and monitor this effectively.
On the day of the incident the victim, an employee of the Defendant, was manually loading stock onto elevated platforms in the warehouse. The victim used an order picker to raise a pallet, which was loaded with stock, to a platform four metres above ground. The victim was moving a box from the order picker to the platform when the platform broke and the victim fell to the concrete floor below.
The victim was knocked unconscious, suffered a laceration to his scalp, concussion and a fractured right pubic ramus.