Fines have been handed out after a labourer suffered serious injuries in a fall at work.
The scaffolding firm and the owner of the roofing company involved both pleaded guilty to various safety failings.
Stephen Allibon was walking on fragile asbestos cement sheeting during roofing work at a warehouse in Northampton when the incident occurred on 13 August 2012. The roof gave way beneath his feet, causing him to plunge nine metres onto a metal pallet below and then the concrete floor.
He sustained three fractures to his right arm, multiple fractures to his face and head, a punctured lung, damage to his chest and a severe gash to his right leg.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that his employer, Beekay Scaffolding Ltd, and contractor William Thomas Toone, trading as Industrial Roofing Services, failed to make sure the work was carried out safely.
Poor management meant there was no edge protection and no netting under the perimeter of the roof, nor were the workers using platforms of any kind. Both companies had agreed safety precautions in advance of the work but both failed to ensure they were implemented properly during the course of the work.
Accident at work
Mr Allibon is yet to return to work. He has reduced movement in his right arm and right leg, numbness in his left arm and suffers chest problems and dizzy spells as a result of the injuries he sustained in the incident.
Beekay Scaffolding Ltd of Obelisk Rise, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, admitted two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. It was consequently fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,640.
William Thomas Toone, trading as Industrial Roofing Services (IRS), of The Leys, Roade, Northampton, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,400.
Source: Northampton Echo
Date Published: May 21, 2014
Author: David Brown