A construction company from North Yorkshire has admitted safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries on site.
Ripley-based HACS Construction Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) when an employee fractured his skull and broke eight ribs in a four-metre fall.
The 50-year-old was using a saw to cut through steel sheets of a mezzanine floor at a unit on the Pool Business Park when the incident occurred on 7 August 2012.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how he lost his balance while cutting through the sheets. As this happened, he threw the saw through a hole in the metal framework and then fell himself, hitting the concrete floor below.
Personal injury claim
Despite sustaining multiple injuries, the construction worker has since been able to return to work with the company.
But not everyone is always fit enough to work again, especially so soon after an accident of this magnitude.
A personal injury claim can help someone get the compensation they deserve, particularly if they have suffered physical or psychological pain.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide all the assistance you need when it comes to making a claim, including everything from finding the right solicitor to providing free expert advice on the matter at hand.
A fall at work can be particularly traumatic, so people should find out whether they have a case to make a claim.
The HSE concluded that HACS Construction Ltd had not put any precautions in place to prevent falls from the mezzanine level during the work.
It said the safety harnesses provided to the two workers were unsuitable and neither had been given training in how to use them.
Furthermore, although the company had considered the use of a ‘crash deck’ – a safe working platform – at the outset of the work, a decision was made not to proceed as it would save time during the construction process.
HACS Construction Ltd of Nidderdale House, Station Yard, Ripley, Harrogate, was fined a total of £16,000 and ordered to pay £7,847 towards costs after admitting two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
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Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown