201412.03
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Lancashire Health And Safety College Fined For Workplace Accident

health and safety collegeAn engineering technician has successfully won an injury at work Lancashire claim against a college that ironically specialises in teaching health and safety courses.

Marc Antonio Albanese broke his back after he fell from a stepladder balancing against a filing cabinet at Burnley College. His injuries caused him to have more than five months off work and he has been told he will need to take tablets to ease his pain for the remainder of his life.

The 63-year-old was carrying out routine maintenance work when the incident happened in May last year. According to the Daily Express, he had one foot on the top rung of the stepladder and his other on the top of the filing cabinet so that he could reach an air filter. The ladder soon gave way and Mr Albanese fell sideways into a bench, causing several breaks in his back and his breastbone.

Preston Crown Court heard that the filter unit was fitted in a poor location, between the cabinet and a workbench. This meant that Mr Albanese could not access it using an elevated mobile work platform. The college admitted that it had breached the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £20,000 plus £7,610 in costs.

Rose Leese-Weller, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said that Burnley College’s failings were “astonishing” considering that it employs people who specialise in safety procedures. She added that the technician had no option but to attempt to reach the filter in a dangerous manner and a full risk assessment should have been conducted prior to its installation.

The case highlights the fact that accidents at work in Lancashire can occur even in the places with the best qualified staff and safety knowledge.

If you have suffered an accident at work in the past three years, it pays to speak to the experts and find out what your rights are.

At PHC Law, our team of solicitors know all there is to know about Lancashire accidents and can talk you through the process of making a claim for compensation. They have a 98% success rate and can be contacted by completing the form on the right of this screen. Alternatively, you can call them directly on 01772 308081.