Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard that on June 17, 2014, the worker fell approximately 2.5 metres from the bin at the waste and Chichester recycling centre in Jury Lane, Sidlesham Common, a statement from Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said.
The employee suffered a broken collar bone and wrist as well as a blow to the head.
On Friday, June 12, the man’s employer Southern Plastic Recycling Limited pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court to breaching of Section 3(1) of Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and a breach of Section 6 (3) of Work at Height Regulations 2005, the statement said.
The company was ordered to pay £2,543 in total, including costs of £1043.
HSE Inspector Suzanne Matthews said: “Had the company carried out a proper risk assessment of the work, they would have identified both the foreseeable work at height risk involved and how that risk could have been avoided by choosing a system of work which eliminated the need for employees to work at height altogether.”