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    Health and Safety News

    Worker breaks heels in ladder fall

    By David Brown on May 10, 2014

    A Birmingham-based scaffolding firm has been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at work.

    Craig Shakespeare was constructing scaffolding for the set of a television programme on behalf of Swan Scaffolding Contractors Limited when the incident at The Bond on Fazeley Street happened on 25 March 2013.

    The 49-year-old broke both of his heels in the fall. He is now reliant on a wheelchair and has been unable to work since.

    Safety failures

    Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Shakespeare was working from a ladder to attach supporting scaffold to the back of the wooden set.

    As he pulled a fixture on the set towards the scaffold it came away and he lost his balance. He realised he was about to fall and jumped from the ladder, although he landed heavily on his feet.

    The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Swan Scaffolding Contractors Limited for failing to ensure sufficient measures were in place to prevent or mitigate the fall.

    It concluded that had more suitable access equipment been used, such as a tower scaffold or elevated work platform instead of a ladder, then the incident and the resulting injuries could have been avoided.

    Working at height

    The dangers of working at height are well documented.

    More than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries after falling from height at work in 2013, leading to thousands of personal injury claims.

    Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience when it comes to helping victims get the compensation they deserve.

    In this case, Swan Scaffolding Contractors Limited, of Knowle, Solihull, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £535 in costs and a £500 victim surcharge.

    Source: Gov.uk

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    Date Published: May 10, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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