Food company Vion Foods have reportedly been fined £16,000 after a worker was injured at work.
Barry Walton, 64 was working at the company’s processing plant in Wiveliscombe in February 2010 on top of a shipping container, lifting metal sheeting. When a gust of wind blew him off and he fell 2.5 metres to the ground. He sustained broken ribs and damaged he shoulder and leg.
The Taunton man was unable to work for seven weeks due to his injuries and the required recovery time.
Vion foods were subsequently investigated and found to not have planned the work correctly and carried out risk assessment. Mr Walton was being supervised but was not trained to work at this height.
The company was fined £12,000 and had to pay £4,400 in costs for their breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
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