A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were injured in a fall from height.
The two men, who do not want to be identified, were carrying out building work for Persimmon Homes Ltd on a development site in Ploughman’s Lane, Lincoln, when the incident happened on 4 April 2012.
One broke his left foot in the fall, leaving him unable to work for nine weeks, while the other bruised his neck and twisted his knee, forcing him to miss one day of work.
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard how the workers were about to start work on a scaffold
platform six metres from the ground, which had been loaded with materials, when it collapsed, sending them plummeting two metres to the platform below.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found The Cathedral Scaffold Company Ltd had constructed the scaffold to bridge a narrow gap between the gable ends of two neighbouring properties.
But the company, of Dixon Way, Lincoln, did not build it to a recognised design, which would have incorporated standards to transfer loads to the ground. It fined £4,000 with costs of £5,500 after it admitted breaching Regulation 8(b)(ii) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Persimmon Homes Ltd, of Fulford, York, overloaded the platform with materials, causing it to collapse. It was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £10,426 in costs after it pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b)(i) of the same regulations.
Claiming for a fall from height
The dangers of working at height are well documented.
Employers therefore have a duty of care to protect employees at all times when carrying out work at height.
If you’ve been injured in a fall from height that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline is always available to help you get the maximum amount of compensation. To discuss your potential claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Health And Safety At Work
Date Published: July 31, 2014
Author: David Brown