Mole Valley Feed Solutions fined after driver injured

Company pleads guilty to breach of regulations after grain delivery driver seriously injured following fall from lorry.

SOUTH Molton-based business Mole Valley Feed Solutions Limited has been fined �6,000 and ordered to pay �4,087 in costs after a driver fell from one of its lorries.

Chippenham Magistrates Court heard how Lee Waters, of Devizes, fell on to a concrete floor last July while removing the cover from his load at a Wiltshire feed mill owned by the company.

The court heard the grain delivery driver fractured his pelvis and wrist and was in hospital for a week. He was unable to leave his house unassisted and was off work for 11 weeks while he recovered.

Since the incident he has been told he will regain only 80% of the use of his wrist and has been diagnosed with arthritis.

Mole Valley Feed Solutions Ltd, of Station Road, South Molton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined �6,000 and ordered to pay �4,087 in costs.

The prosecution was brought against the company by the Health and Safety Executive after it investigated the incident.

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After the hearing HSE Inspector Ian Whittles said:

“Mole Valley Feed Solutions failed to ensure Mr Waters’ safety while he was unloading on their site. As a result he has been caused a great deal of pain and suffering.

“Simple measures could have been taken such as providing a long-handled crank handle to operate the sheet from the ground. This arrangement is commonly provided in lorries for such purposes.

“It is vital employers provide the right equipment for their staff to do their job safely when working at height.”

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