Council fined £5,000 after worker fell into well

Mansfield District Council has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,700 after a worker fell six metres down a dry well while clearing litter from a yard.

Three workers were asked to clear litter that had collected between a metal grid and a mesh cover over the well in the White Lion Yard in 2009.

Two workers removed the grid, while the third stood on the mesh, believing it to be solid underneath, and fell into the well. He dislocated his elbow and cut his head, arms and leg and was off work for six months.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday that the council had failed to ensure that the work was properly planned or carried out safely. The authority pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

HSE inspector Stuart Pilkington, said: “This worker was extremely lucky to survive.”

See next week’s Chad for full report.