Faulty stepladder causes injury. Company fined.

The UK division of global document security firm Iron Mountain has appeared in court after an employee fell from a dangerous stepladder.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday (5 February) that the ladder collapsed as the 48-year-old worker tried to reach the upper level of a racking system. He fell about a metre to the floor, damaging the radius bone in his left elbow.

The HSE prosecuted Iron Mountain after investigating the incident, which happened at the company’s site at Cody Road in Newham in June 2012.

Inspectors found that the ladder was in a poor condition and had been critically weakened by a crack. It was one of two step ladders available to staff at the site that had deteriorated beyond the point of safe use.

Magistrates fined Iron Mountain (UK) £5000 and ordered it to pay £8940 costs after it admitted breaching Regulation 12(3) of the Work at Height Regulations.

Joanne du Plessis, partner at Shires Law: ” It is imperative that this company should have implemented a system of inspection that would have identified the faulty stepladder and a replacement provided.  Falls from heights account for a great number of workplace accident and many are avoidable.”