A labourer suffered multiple leg fractures in a work accident when a floor collapsed underneath him.
The 48-year-old casual worker fell three metres (9ft 10in) to the ground at the Tottenham site on 14 September 2012.
The newly constructed first floor gave way under the heaviness of concrete blocks weighing some 1.6 tonnes, with the slabs falling around him.
His firm, Cosmos Builders 88 Ltd, was fined £6,000 after pleading guilty to breaking health and safety legislation.
This included allowing the floor’s load capacity to be exceeded by seven time.
The labourer sustained severe breaks in the lower leg and required a serious operation and skin graft.
He still cannot walk properly and is unable to go back to employment, Westminster Magistrates’ Court were told.
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Work accident inspectors found risks
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated the work accident, found the site fraught with risks of workers falling from height.
Instead of laying three courses of blocks on to joist hangers, the first floor had been loaded with two heaps, each comprising 88 concrete blocks.
The court was told the collapse was inevitable with the worker stacking up the blocks on the first floor without the vital strengthening block work.
The regulator also found poor management had resulted in labourers being put at avoidable risk by being ordered to work at height in areas where there were no safety steps in place.
Cosmos Builders 88 was also ordered to pay £4,000 in costs.
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Date Published: November 1, 2013
Author: David Brown