A construction worker has suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after falling from scaffolding.
Bristol-based R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The company was fined £26,000 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and ordered by the court to pay costs of £1657.76.
Man fell 6 metres
The court heard how, following the accident at work on June 2, 2016, the employee was put in an induced coma for two weeks.
The worker fell over 6 metres from the scaffolding. The accident resulted in several serious injuries including losing the sight in his right eye and five fractures to the skull.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident discovered that the employee had not been trained properly.
The site supervisor was also found to be unfamiliar with the current expected safety techniques. The HSE also revealed that the appropriate equipment hadn’t been provided to the worker to conduct this work safely.
Companies have responsibilities to workers
HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: “We want all workers to go home healthy and safe. Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to inform, instruct and train their workers in their use.
“If industry recognised safe systems of erecting scaffold had been in place prior to the incident, the life-changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 10, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown