Company fined for worker fall
Posted: January 29, 2013
Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries
A Kent renovation company has been fined for safety failings after an unsupervised labourer fell more than four metres from a poorly constructed scaffold tower whilst stripping out a basement gym in central London.
A scaffold tower was erected to support the work and was being used by the worker to access ducting from a ceiling above a squash court. However, it was knocked over as he worked at height and both he and the tower crashed to the floor below, a distance of some 4.5 metres.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified that none of the temporary labourers was competent to erect a scaffold tower, and that it was constructed without adequate supervision.
A district judge was told the incident could have been prevented had the work been properly planned, managed and monitored by the company.
The latest HSE statistics reveal that 17 workers were killed and more than 3,000 others were seriously injured in falls from height in 2011/12.
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