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Waffle company fined 1,750 after worker's fall

A company has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker fell 4ft (1.2m) at its factory.

Tregroes Waffle Bakery Ltd in Llandysul, Ceredigion, was fined £1,750 and ordered to pay £1,374 costs at Llanelli magistrates' court.

The woman worker fractured a rib falling from a structural girder being used as access for cleaning.

HSE inspector Scott McKinnon said the worker had been "exposed to unnecessary risk".

The employee was cleaning the side of a flour hopper at the factory when the incident occurred on 28 November, 2008.

In the fall she suffered a fractured rib, bruising and a cut leg.

'Immediate action'

The court heard she would have fallen nearly twice as far had she not landed on a bulk container directly below.

The company pleaded guilty to a charge under section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Mr McKinnon said there was nothing to stop her from falling, and that many serious, and sometimes fatal, injures were caused by falls from distances below head height.

"The company took immediate action to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future and co-operated fully throughout the investigation," said Mr McKinnon.

"This prosecution should serve as a warning to all employers of the need to fully assess the risks from working at height and ensure proper access for elevated areas," he added.

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