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Companies fined after construction worker's fall from height

14th May 2010 | Construction Signs

A construction worker from West Yorkshire was left with serious back injuries after a fall from height, highlighting the importance of safety signs on building sites.

The man was attempting to access a work area at the Corn Mill in Burley on November 19th 2008 when he fell three metres to the ground from a terrace retaining wall.

An investigation revealed that the man - who suffered a fractured vertebra and long-term disabilities following the incident - had not been afforded protection by guard rails.

Principal contractor Illson (Building and Contractors) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

In addition, it pleaded guilty to contravening the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 for failing to inform the HSE that the work was taking place.

Meanwhile, Kendal Varley, the man's employer, also pleaded guilty to the latter charge.

Illson was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,800 at Bradford Magistrates' Court, with Kendal Varley being forced to pay a fine of £2,000 and £1,800 in costs.

"If HSE had been correctly notified that work on the Corn Mill was going to take place, it could have inspected the site and the injury may have been averted," said HSE inspector David Welsh.

Earlier this week, the HSE also called on Greater Manchester construction firms to improve their health and safety practices, such as the implementation of warning signs.

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