A British manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds as a result of significant health and safety failings.

Tipper trailer manufacturer Fruehauf Ltd, Lincoln, was found guilty of three health and safety offences and ordered to pay more than £200,000 after one of its employees sustained fatal injuries following a serious fall from a cherry picker.

Mr Colin Sale, 64, reportedly died on site on February 18 2016 as a result of the tragic fall, which occurred while he was attempting to repair a ten-tonne crane, according to reports.

Fruehauf Ltd was subsequently investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, and found itself facing a legal battle at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

The company was accused of failing to provide and maintain a safe working system and failing to carry out suitable and sufficient assessments of health and safety risks for the benefit of its employees.

It pleaded guilty to all offences, including a failure to monitor and review preventative and protective health and safety measures for employees engaged in maintenance tasks.

At Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, the company was fined £200,000 and also ordered to pay costs of £5,622.05 on top of a £170 victim surcharge.

According to reports, Fruehauf Ltd was granted permission to pay the debt in monthly instalments of £15,000 each.