Falling cast iron caused work accident

A demolition firm has been fined £40,000 for safety failings after an employee was seriously injured in a work accident by falling cast iron guttering.

Valentin Taljanov, 61, broke his right arm, seven ribs and a vertebra, punctured his lung and cut his head.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Crown Office Health and Safety Division investigated his employer, Lawrie (Demolition) Limited.

The firm was prosecuted at Peterhead Sheriff Court following the incident at disused buildings at Aberdeen Harbour on July 16, 2009.

Mr Taljanov was working near a big piece of cast iron guttering that had been left unsupported for two days at roof height during the demolition of offices and warehousing.

Demolition firm failed to plan properly

Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and are especially common in the construction industry.

But Mr Taljanov was injured when the guttering gave way and struck him as he was moving roofing materials from a platform on to the ground.

A witness expressed surprise that the guttering had remained up as long as it did.

Lawrie (Demolition) Limited failed to implement a suitable framework to recognise risks that might happen as works progressed, the HSE found.

It also failed to adequately plan and put in place exclusion zones in areas where materials could fall, the court heard.

Lawrie (Demolition) Limited, of Cove, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 29 of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

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