Foam firm fined after driver injured by falling insulating boards
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A COURT HAS heard how a truck driver suffered a broken back and serious head injuries after a pile of insulating boards he was delivering fell on him.
In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates' Court was told that in October 2009, Colin Ball, from Codsall near Wolverhampton, was delivering a consignment of insulation boards to the Stoke-on-Trent warehouse of foam manufacturer Recticel, when a separate stack toppled onto him and knocked him into his trailer.
Ball suffered multiple spinal fractures, a serious head injury and is likely to need long-term rehabilitation.
Recticel pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £6,238, with £11,762 costs.
Lyn Mizen, USE inspector, says several workplace fatalities and serious injuries happen every year in the haulage industry as a result of falling objects.
She adds: "Employers have just as great a duty of care to visiting employees as they do to their own.
Chris Hall. Recticel sales and marketing director, said the company had a "deep regret" over the incident and had implemented further controls following a "substantive review" of its health and safety policies.