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Builder fined after worker is injured in fall

30th August 2013 | Construction Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A builder based in Leicestershire has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries in a fall while carrying out work.

Peter Steans subcontracted the 50-year-old worker to repair wooden window frames at a house near Market Harborough in September 2012, but during the work he fell six metres from the second floor and suffered injuries to his head, spine, pelvis and wrist.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a suitable tower scaffold that could have been used to remove the risk of working on a ladder was located on site, but not used.

Mr Steans pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Leicester Magistrates' Court and was fined £4,000, as well as being ordered to pay costs of £353.

Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Tony Mitchell said: "The injured man had to use a walking frame and was unable to climb stairs for five months. He will never be able to return to his normal job, yet the incident and the life-changing injuries it caused could have been prevented."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801631741-ADNFCR


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