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Falls from height
Falls from height in the food and drink industries:
are the third highest cause of fatal injury, comprising 20% of fatal accidents
result in around 80 major injuries (broken limbs, fractured skulls etc.) each year
result in a further 230 over-3-day absence injuries each year
can result in serious or even fatal injury even when the fall is less than 2m.
Places from where falls occur and activities being undertaken
In the food and drink industries, analysis of 150 falls from height accidents investigated by HSE over three years indicated the following places from which workers fell:
Vehicles/FLTs (see below): 17%
Stairs (see below): 8%
Roof/false ceiling: 7%
Warehouse racking: 4%
Where workers fell from vehicles, 35% fell from the back of a lorry, 31% fell from FLT forks, 13% from cab steps, 9% from the top of a vehicle and 4% from tanker steps.
Falls on stairs are more frequent than that indicated in the investigated sample above. One third of over-3-day absence injuries caused by falling in the food and drink industries, occur on stairs.
The activity being carried out when a person fell depended on the place from which they fell. For example falls from scaffolds, roofs and ladders were usually associated with maintenance. Where the fall was from machinery or plant cleaning, checking and sampling were the main activities being undertaken.
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