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Two engineering firms recently appeared in court following the death of a contractor through working at height.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Advance Door Engineering Ltd and Shufflebottom Ltd appeared in Swansea Crown Court facing charges relating to a contractor’s death at Pembroke Dock’s Mustang Marine in June 2013.

Mr Greenway (the contractor) suffered multiple injuries after falling 60 feet from a cherry picker crane.  He was employed by Shufflebottom Limited as a contractor through Advance Door Engineering.


The charges:



  • Failing to select the most suitable equipment for use at height
  • Failing to take reasonable steps to identify health and safety risks
  • Failing to make a suitable assessment of Health and Safety risks to workers

Advance Door Engineering:

  • Failing to select the most suitable equipment for use at height
  • Failing to make suitable assessment of health and safety risks to persons not employed by them
  • Failing to plan, manage and monitor construction of the roller shutter doors
  • Failing to make a health and safety risk assessment

The trial is still on-going and both companies are awaiting the decision of the Court on how best to deal with their charges.


How we can help…

By putting health and safety measures in place, you will minimise the risks of accidents resulting in the avoidance of legal situations such as this.

Wurkplace’s RoSPA approved Working at Heights Training Online covers topics such as; the dangers of working at height, the regulations, the hierarchy of controls, assessing risk and much more.  Go here to find out more.

One of our advisers can visit your premises and audit your existing procedures and provide a gap analysis, identifying any gaps and suggesting improvements.  Our consultants can be available for unlimited phone and email support or can visit your premises as often as you need.  For further information call an adviser on 01352 871053 or contact us on our easy contact form.

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