Builder injures collar bone in staircase fall

worker falls from ladder

A construction firm has been fined after a man was seriously injured in a fall at work.

The 52-year-old, who has asked not to be named, was working for Ereconomic Construction Limited at New Square in West Bromwich.

He suffered a broken collar bone in the incident on 31 May 2013, putting him out of work for three months.

Safety failings

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed a lack of sufficient measures to prevent or mitigate a fall.

Sandwell Magistrates’ Court was told that Ereconomic Construction Limited had been contracted by Odeon Cinemas to fit out the new complex, while the injured man was a sub-contractor employed by the company to install the balustrades on a staircase within the cinema’s lobby.

The temporary edge protection at the side of the staircase at level one was still in place when a floor system was being installed due to a delay in the installation of the balustrades.

It was removed to allow the installation of the floor, although nothing was implemented in the interim to prevent falls over the side of the staircase.

HSE concluded that Ereconomic Construction Limited failed in its duty of care to protect workers.

Claiming for an accident at work

Workplace injuries are unfortunately commonplace in the UK.

More than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries after falling at work in 2013, even though the dangers of working at height are clearly set out for all companies to see before work begins.

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, it is important to seek personal injury compensation to cover things like medical bills and time off work. Accident Advice Helpline can help you do this.

In this case, Ereconomic Construction Limited of Salisbury Street, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,033 in costs.

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