Contractor fired after colleague suffers nerve damage

Engineering
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

Hitchin-based construction company has been fined £65,000 after a carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back after a fall from height.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard on 2 May 2017 how the employee was working for and under the control of MP Building Limited. He climbed up to remove a nail from a brace holding trusses, one of which started to fall causing him to fall with it. Raised safety decking used as fall mitigation within the building did not cover the whole area and left significant gaps.

The 36-year-old carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back, whiplash to neck and his little finger was ripped open.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the risk assessments of MP Building Limited were generic. They identified falls from height, but control measures focused on scaffolding and did not mention internal falls and decking. It was also found that operatives on the site were not trained to install the safety decking.

MP Building Limited of Bilton Road, Hitchin pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13(1) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company has been fined £65,000 and ordered to pay £6,298.82 in costs.

HSE inspector Jenny Morris said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by planning work at height to ensure that suitable and sufficient measures were in place to prevent falls.’ “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Source

 

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

Have you seen Our Expedition to Tokyo called 6000 Down.  You can find it on Facebook.  To start the Donation process for the Expedition click donate below

Cookies make it easier for us to provide you with our services. With the usage of our services you permit us to use cookies.
Ok