After a fall during construction left a worker with a fractured shoulder, Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd has been prosecuted by the HSE for safety failings. The fall during construction happened on 20th December 2013, when a worker fell whilst working on a roof extension at White City mall.
Brett Mason, 39, was injured when he fell 2m through an unprotected gap in the plant deck mesh flooring, suffering a fractured and dislocated left shoulder. He was left unable to return to work for 6 months. An investigation by the HSE revealed that the accident could have been avoided if edge protection had been used to protect staff working at height.
HSE inspector Loraine Charles said, “Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd was well aware of the potential for the creation of risks of fall from height. As the principal contractor, it should have ensured that steps were taken to mitigate those risks whenever and wherever they arose. It was under a duty to ensure that the installation of the plant deck flooring was planned to make certain that intended gaps were provided with suitable edge protection at the earliest opportunity.” The company was fined £10,000 and £1,247 costs for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Has your employer been negligent?
Falls from height account for the majority of all workplace fatalities, and your employer should take steps to ensure that their staff are safe whilst working at height. If you have been injured in an accident at work and you feel your employer was to blame, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. For example, if you have fallen through a hole where edge protection was not used, you could claim for your injuries and any financial losses incurred due to loss of earnings.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown