It has been reported that Inflite Engineering Limited, based at Stanstead Airport has been fined, after two men fell and suffered broken bones whilst carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane in June 2015.
They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the wrong circuit breaker, inadvertently opening the plane’s airbrake, which knocked over both platforms.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no suitable risk assessment was in place and there was a lack of effective monitoring. The company pleaded guilty to breaches under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £160,000
Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Tania van Rixtel said: “Both of these men suffered shocking injuries after falling from height, which could easily have been a double fatality. Our investigation found the incident could have been avoided had adequate monitoring been taking place. Aircraft maintenance companies are reminded that not all risks are covered by the Aircraft Maintenance Manual and additional measures need to be introduced.”
An employer must provide safe premises, a safe place to work, safe plant, material and equipment and a safe system of working.
If you are in an accident at work, it may not be at the fault of your employer. However, if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury. A successful claim can help you recover lost wages as a result of time off and even provide you with private medical treatment.