A decorator died nine days after a tragic work accident which saw him sustain serious injuries following a 7ft (2.1m) fall from a ladder onto a concrete path.
Alan Beutner, 58, was decorating the outside of a house in Lipson, Plymouth. He fell from an untied ladder mounted dangerously on a curved section of ironwork on June 15, 2011.
Mr Beutner had suffered five fractured ribs, surface fractures to his spinal vertebrae, and internal injuries. He was discharged from hospital the same day, but was readmitted the next day with serious pain. Mr Beutner, of Cattedown, Plymouth, had two emergency operations but died in hospital on June 24, leaving a widow and three children.
Work accident company fined £2,000
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mr Beutner’s employer, David Faulkner, a partner in Roofcare Roofing and Building Contractors, after the work accident. Faulkner was fined £2,000 at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Friday (January 17).
No scaffolding had been provided for the task. The ladder was untied and twisted free from the curved ironwork causing Mr Beutner to fall, the court was told.
The HSE found that the ladder had a maximum safe working load of 95kg (14st 13lb). Mr Beutner weighed 110kg (17st alb). A stronger trade ladder should have been used, the HSE said.
The chore should have been undertaken from a scaffold to stop the danger of falls, it claimed. Mr Faulkner should at least have ensured the ladder was safely braced and tied to the building.
Faulkner, also of Cattedown, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was also ordered to pay £5,000 costs.
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Source: Plymouth Herald