A food company was prosecuted following an accident where an engineer, aged 49, fell from a height of three metres leaving him in hospital for four days and causing a fractured skull and partial deafness in his left ear.

The man was investigating a fault with a data logger attached to a cooling unit when he fell. He accessed the unit using a free standing ladder with no top ties or foot supports to prevent the ladder moving. An HSE investigation established that had the ladder been better secured, or a safer alternative been provided, the accident could have been avoided.

After pleading guilty under section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Cranswick Country Foods was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £11,960 in costs.