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worker killed falling from telehandler

telehandlerTwo companies from Carmarthenshire and West Midlands have been fined after a worker was killed when he fell from a telehandler.

Swansea Crown Court heard how a 50 year old self-employed contractor working for Advance Door Engineering Ltd, who had been contracted by Shufflebottom Limited to fabricate and install roller shutter doors on an extension to a slipway building at Mustang Marine in Pembroke Dock.

The contractor was working at height with a co-worker on a telehandler when it came into contact with fencing. When the telehandler was released from the obstruction it caused the basket to jerk, throwing both operators from the basket. The contractor was not clipped onto the basket and fell to the ground sustaining fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the companies had not properly thought through the risks that could occur with the task.

Shufflebottom Limited of Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire pleaded guilty, to breaches of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and were fined £125,000 and ordered to pay costs of £43,000.

Advance Door Engineering Limited of Malthouse Road, Tipton, West Midlands pleaded guilty, to breaches of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and were fined £1 due to insolvency.

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