A construction company from Essex has been fined after a self-employed decorator suffered multiple severe injuries at a building site in Cambridgeshire.
David Scanlon, a decorator from Dunstable, was working on the first floor of a block of flats in Challis Green, Barrington, when he fell down a stairwell.
He fractured several ribs, his left arm and thumb, snapped the tendons on an index finger, cut and bruised his head, cracked two vertebrae and suffered several collapsed discs as a result of the incident on 17 January 2012.
Waltham Abbey-based Hill Partnerships Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found temporary guard-rails at the building site did not meet statutory requirements.
Mr Scanlon had been employed by a contractor of Hill Partnerships since October 2011 to undertake external and internal decorating at the residential location.
Not fit for purpose
In the case of Mr Scanlon, he was hospitalised for five days following the incident and is yet to return to work.
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard how he had stopped on a landing area to talk to colleagues who were going down to the ground floor. He leant against a wooden guard-rail around the stairwell, but it was unable to support him and collapsed, sending him crashing headfirst onto the stairs below.
The HSE discovered that the guard-rail was poorly designed and constructed, and simply wasn’t fit for purpose.
Hill Partnerships Ltd, of Powdermill Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £4,501 costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
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