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Aircraft engineering company fined after workers’ fall at Stansted Airport

The main terminal building at Stansted Airport

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An aircraft engineering company has been fined £160,000 after two men fell around 15 feet while they were working at the tail of an aeroplane at Stansted Airport.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard today how both men, aged 62 and 60, suffered broken bones after falling between 10 to 15ft on June 10, 2015.

One of the men was an employee of Inflite Engineering Services, while the other was an agency worker.

They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the wrong circuit breaker, inadvertently opening the plane’s airbrake, which knocked over both platforms.

The 62-year-old employee suffered three fractures to his pelvis, a broken back, three broken ribs, a fractured elbow and a punctured right lung.

The second worker suffered a broken wrist and a chipped a bone on his spine.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no suitable risk assessment was in place and there was a lack of effective monitoring.

Inflite Engineering Limited, based a Stansted Airport, pleaded guilty to breaches under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,492.

Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Tania van Rixtel said: “Both of these men suffered shocking injuries after falling from height, which could easily have been a double fatality.

“Our investigation found the incident could have been avoided had adequate monitoring been taking place.

“Aircraft maintenance companies are reminded that not all risks are covered by the Aircraft Maintenance Manual and additional measures need to be introduced.”

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