A builder suffered career-ending injuries in a work accident when a makeshift platform collapsed, a court has heard.
Noel Doyle, 32, sustained a shattered right elbow, broken vertebrae, fractured pelvis and ribs, and internal organ damage on February 10, 2009 at the landmark St George Wharf site in Vauxhall, south London.
London developer St George South London Ltd (SGSL), the head contractor for building work at the site, was fined £50,000 for safety management failings on Thursday (January 9).
Work accident saw builder fall 32ft
Mr Doyle, from Hammersmith, was helping to erect a makeshift work platform inside a concrete shaft to house a stairwell within a building under construction when the work accident happened.
The platform was lifted between floors by a crane using lifting chains, Southwark Crown Court heard. It had been raised from the fourth to the fifth floor when the crane operator was asked by the foreman to take away the chains while one of them was still attached.
The platform was raised by just one corner and disintegrated. Mr Doyle plunged nearly 10 metres (32ft 9in) on to a concrete staircase and was showered in debris.
The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation discovered a number of failings. These included failing to adequately plan and manage the building work without safety risks.
SGSL, of Imperial Wharf, Fulham, was also ordered to pay £27,386 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
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Date Published: January 11, 2014
Author: David Brown