Four people in various positions have been fined after a worker was injured while replacing a window.
While working on a third floor window at Leeds Prison, a man was struck by a mobile elating platform.
The platform ran over his feet. He suffered multiple fractures in his right foot, a fracture of his left ankle and significant soft tissue damage to both feet.
A number of failures
Four parties were involved with the installation, Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard, and all were charged with safety breaches for their part in the incident.
Stuart Tombs was the site manager via his own company SJT Site management Limited (SJT). SJT was contracted by Longcross Construction Limited (LCL), the principal contractor for the work.
Fewell Engineering Limited (FEL) was subcontracted by LCL, and it was an employee of FEL who was pushing a trolley with the new window on it when the incident occurred.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found LCL, Fewell and SJT, all failed to prepare suitable and sufficient Risk assessments and method statements for the operation.
The investigation also found that Stuart Tombs forged or fabricated site health and safety documents in an attempt to deflect responsibility.
All pleaded guilty
Fewell pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £702.
Longcross Construction Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £303.
SJT Site Management Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £600 and ordered to pay costs of £199.
Stuart Tombs pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £149.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 27, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown