After scaffold collapse failings, a loft conversion company in London was prosecuted for health and safety breaches. The accident occurred when scaffolding collapsed outside a North London property, buckling and bending in on itself to create a ‘chute’ which left the worker and his materials crashing to the ground.
Thomas Pastura fell six metres and broke two ribs in the accident on 4th October 2013, but was lucky not to have been more seriously injured or killed due to the scaffold collapse failings. Falls from height are the main cause of fatalities at work. If you’ve suffered injuries after falling from scaffolding, it’s important to ascertain whether your employer has been negligent – we can help you to do this.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident, looking at the design of the scaffolding, and they found safety failings relating to the weight carried by the scaffold at the time of the accident – between 3 and 3.5 tonnes. The company, an experienced loft conversion company, should have realised that specially designed and built scaffolding was required, and Lofty Creations UK Ltd of Acton was found guilty of a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Employers have a duty to keep their staff safe at work, so if you’ve been injured in a similar accident and believe your employer is to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the compensation you deserve. We even offer a 100% no win no fee* service.
After the HSE investigation into the accident, Lofty Creations UK Ltd was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,019 in costs for a breach of health and safety regulations. Your employer could be held liable if you’ve been injured after a fall from height. No matter how seriously you have been injured – from broken bones to spinal injuries – compensation could be just a phone call away, and we’re here to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice.
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Health and safety regulations are put in place for a reason; if your employer has breached them, they should be prepared to deal with the consequences. A fall from scaffolding could lead to serious, life-changing injuries, and you deserve to be compensated if you have been injured in an accident such as this at work. Why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation?
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown