A construction company and sub-contractor from Bolton have both been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall at work.
Simon Brown, 40, of Farnworth, had been carrying out building work at a property on Wheatfield Street in Bolton, when he fainted and plummeted around eight metres to the ground.
He suffered a fractured skull, a broken back, a cracked pelvis and neck injuries in the fall on 26 February 2012, and also had to have a kidney removed at a later date.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding at the rear of the house would have failed to protect anyone from a fall.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that Eagle Construction Ltd had been hired as the main contractor to carry out building work on the property – including the construction of a dormer roof extension – while Steven Winter, owner of Orion Roofing, had been sub-contracted for the roofing work.
Mr Brown had accessed the new dormer roof area several times over the four days that he worked on it.
Just before the incident, he had been standing while putting corners on the fascia on the edges of the dormer when he said he felt dizzy. He then fainted and fell from the roof into the neighbour’s garden below.
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Eagle Construction Ltd of Chorley Old Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13(2) of the of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £6,000 with £3,000 costs.
Steven Winter of Watson Road, Farnworth, Bolton, also pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,000 with £300 costs.
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Date Published: November 14, 2013
Author: David Brown