Logistics firm pays £104k for ‘life changing injuries’

By Michael Stones contact

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A Midlands logistics firm has been ordered to pay more than £104,000, after one of its workers suffered “life changing injuries”.

Transport firm PK & IF Cobley was responsible for serious safety failings that resulted in its worker Andrew Bannister plunging 10m from a roof onto a concrete floor.

During a prosecution at Leicester Crown Court – brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – the judge said it was “a miracle he was not killed”.

Despite his concern about being sent up onto a fragile roof to repair cracks, Bannister, who had worked for firm for 15 years, was instructed to complete the task at Misterton Farm, Great Poultney, Leicestershire.

A broken neck

While repairing the roof on August 31 – without any means to prevent his fall from the roof edge or through the roof – Bannister fell about 10m through the roof, landing on a concrete floor. His injuries, included: a broken neck, back and three broken ribs.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE inspector Alison Cook said: “The risk of falls through fragile roofs is well-known and the precautions required are simple and effective.”

The sentence will serve as a warning to firms that knowingly risking employees’ lives at work will not be tolerated, added Cook, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Fined £75,000

PK & IF Cobley Limited, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, was found guilty of breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £29,351.88 in costs.

The injured worker said: “After the accident I had to use a walking stick permanently. I will be on pain killers for the rest of my life. The injury has changed my life complete​ly.”

Meanwhile, the privately owned family-run business employs more than 100 people and operates a fleet of over 75 vehicles.

Fleet vehicles included: Courier vans, Transit vans, 7.5t and 17t lorries to 44t articulated vehicles.

The damage done

“After the accident I had to use a walking stick permanently. I will be on pain killers for the rest of my life. The injury has changed my life complete​ly.”

  • Andrew Bannister

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