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Kent factory fined after worker suffers severe head injuries

29-09-2011

A cardboard box manufacturer in Kent has been fined after an incident in which a delivery driver suffered severe head injuries after a fall.

As a result, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against W.E. Roberts (Corrugated) Ltd which is based at Thames Works, Grove Road, Northfleet, in Kent.

The incident took place on 27 August 2009 when the worker was delivering flat-packed cardboard boxes to an address in Eastbourne.

The man was trying to pull a pallet of cardboard boxes across his trailer from the driver’s side to the curb side. The pallet strapping snapped and the worker fell nearly three metres backwards and 1.5m down onto the pavement.

As a result he suffered severe head injuries, which have had life-changing effects and have meant he is still not able to return to work.

At Dartford Magistrates’ Court, (on 28 September) W.E. Roberts (Corrugated) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,190.

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