A fitting company from Bedfordshire has been fined for safety failings after a worker sustained a serious head injury in a fall.
Stewart Alazia, 51, from Paddington, London, was working on a temporary scaffolding platform at a property in the Kensington Gate area of the capital when the incident occurred on 21 December 2011.
He fractured his skull and left cheekbone as a result of the fall, and was left with bleeding to his brain as a result.
Nothing done to prevent fall
D M Specialist Limited – his employer – was prosecuted last week by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation identified that not enough was done to prevent the fall.
Investigators found there were no provisions in place to prevent or mitigate the fall, such as suitable edge protection or fall arrest equipment, which would have meant the incident and serious injury could have been avoided.
The company, of Pegasus Mews, Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Beds, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was consequently fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay £7,377 in costs.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told how Mr Alazia’s head injury could easily have been far worse.
He was working to dismantle boards and other materials from a temporary platform spanning two scaffolding towers, but lost his balance and fell to the ground below, hitting his head and losing consciousness.
Not only did he need treatment for his immediate injuries, he has since required regular assessments at a specialist brain injury clinic. He may also need indefinite treatment for depression, black outs and headaches linked to his trauma.
Head injury claim
A head or brain injury can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to work, as highlighted in the case of Mr Alazia.
It is therefore important that anyone who suffers an injury of this nature seeks compensation to cover the financial loss of time off work.
Compensation amounts can vary depending on the type of accident you’re involved in and the resulting injuries, so get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out how much you may be entitled to.
Date Published: February 5, 2014
Author: David Brown