Serious work fall sees man break back

Man on floor after falling from ladder

A labourer suffered life-changing injuries in a work accident fall, a court heard this week.

The incident occurred after a workmate loosened a scaffolding guardrail which later collapsed.

The unnamed 42-year-old self-employed worker from Bristol broke his back after
falling almost three metres (9ft 10in) to the ground at a care home construction site in Cheddar, Somerset.

He is still unable to work and may never be able to undertake manual labour again.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident on January 30. It prosecuted builder David Dix for safety failings at Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 9.

Dix, 52, who was also working at the site, loosened a scaffold guardrail in an attempt to resolve a difficulty he had faced. But he failed to tighten it up properly again.

Soon afterwards, the other worker was emptying a rubbish bin when the guardrail collapsed and he fell.

‘Could have been avoided’

Dix, of Camerton, near Bath, was made to pay £700 compensation to the colleague hurt in the work accident.

He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 8 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

HSE inspector Sue Adsett, said what happened that day could easily have been avoided and will affect the injured man forever.

She added: “Scaffolding should only be altered by scaffolders, but David Dix took it upon himself to adjust some scaffolding when he was not authorised to do so, with disastrous consequences. He had no ulterior motive.”

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Source: HSCS Scotland

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