A health and safety investigation has seen two building contractors fined a combined total of £17,000 at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.
The case relates to a 36-year-old man who sustained fractured vertebra while working on Southview Leisure Park in Skegness, in March 2013.
The firms had been contracted to carry out work on extending the swimming pool at the leisure park.
Work Accident Compensation
The court heard how the individual, who worked for Seaton Heating and Engineering Services Ltd at the time of the accident, suffered a fall of four metres through a hole in the roof, before falling backwards on to concrete and rubble.
The situation arose when, while working on the roof of a swimming pool extension, the man’s access to the stairs had been blocked. This meant that he had to cross a narrow piece of plywood near an exposed section of the roof, which gave way as he tried to cross.
Since the accident the man, who hails from Kettlebrook, Tamworth, had been unable to work for over three months, on top of having to spend five days in hospital and six weeks with at his parents’ home while he recovered.
Return To Work
Following his misfortune, after which the man needed to wear a back brace, he has since returned to employment.
Both companies involved in the proceedings (the other being SJ Roberts Construction Ltd) pleaded guilty to breaching regulations in the workplace, including the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and were ordered to pay costs on top of the fines.
The investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with an agreement reached on 8th September.
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Source: Lincolnshire Live
Date Published: September 10, 2014
Author: David Brown