Five roofing workers were seriously hurt in a work accident when a heavy steel canopy for a new secondary school collapsed, a court has heard.
The roofers suffered multiple injuries after the 13-metre (42ft 7in) plunge at the Abraham Darby Academy in Madeley, Telford, Shropshire, on August 25, 2011.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted Worcestershire-based Adstone Construction Ltd, which was fined £100,000 on Friday December 13.
It found safety failings with the steelwork that gave way.
Important pieces of the canopy truss steelwork were insufficiently welded together, Shrewsbury Crown Court was told.
Consequently, when the roofing contractors added further materials to the roof, key welds failed and the structure collapsed, taking the contractors with it.
Firm guilty of safety failings
The canopy which collapsed measured 57 metres (62 yards) long and weighed over 40 tonnes.
HSE found Adstone had failed to provide adequate instructions to those responsible for the fabrication and welding of the canopy truss. It also failed to adequately inspect the finished work.
Philip Drury Jr, 29, from Mansfield, suffered damage to two vertebrae and his shoulder. Mark Drury-Tuck, 32, of Ripley, had rib pain. Joshua Wolak, 24, from Edwinstowe, suffered a suspected fractured rib and multiple cuts and bruises. James Buchanan, 32, also of Edwinstowe, had arm injuries and neck swelling and bruising. Philip Drury Sr, 54, of Mansfield, sustained a fractured ankle, three cracked ribs with internal bruising, head injuries and cuts and bruising to his face and head.
Adstone Construction Ltd, of Droitwich, also paid £106,098 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: December 17, 2013
Author: David Brown