October 24, 2017

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£30k fine for skylight fall incident

A sub-contractor working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd fell  through an unprotected skylight, suffering serious injuries.

If simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding, had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the sub-contractor could have been prevented – HSE

Court

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, the worker suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after the fall. The HSE found that King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, who were the principal contractor, failed to ensure the safety of those working on the roof. The investigation also found that there were a number of places on the site at Pitt Street, Gloucester where someone could have fallen.

Sentencing

King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd were convicted of breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,281.70.


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Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Chilcott said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to maintain control of those working for them.

“If simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding, had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the sub-contractor could have been prevented.”

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