One London handyman suffered a personal injury at work, prompting the Government’s Health and Safety Executive to prosecute the man’s employer, a wholesaler based in London.
According to personal injury solicitors familiar with the incident, the Magistrates’ Court for the City of London was recently informed that deceased handyman Rocco Carofalo had been instructed to build some shelves in the storeroom of his employer’s Greater London premises when he suffered his fatal injuries. During that morning, Mr Carofalo had been seen going about h is work from a stepladder in the storeroom, but he was discovered on the floor of the storeroom at around midday with a severe head injury serious enough to lead to the man’s death in two months’ time.
In the immediate wake of the accident, the HSE issued the firm a Prohibition Notice in order to prevent the company’s employees working from height. The HSE cited the firm’s equipment as unsuitable, according to accident solicitor experts.
In the wake of the investigation, two HSE inspectors were seen to remove a stepladder from the premises of Mr Carofalo’s employers, Brent based Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd, of Empire Way. The stepladder was observed to have been in quite poor condition.
Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd, after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, were given a fine of £300, and also ordered to pay £200 in court costs for their part in the man’s fatal injury. Amad Mahmood, manager for Ovenpride, also entered a plea of guilty, but was only given a £1 fine.
In the wake of the hearing, one inspector for the HSE described Mr Carofalo’s death as being easily preventable. The inspector added that, with the proper organisation and planning, the deceased handyman’s work could have been conducted safely.