Construction worker injured by falling concrete blocks
A construction contractor has been fined £7,000 after a man suffered serious injuries when a wall fell on him at a site in Forest Gate.
The 41-year-old was working on the first floor of a partially-constructed block of flats when he was struck by falling concrete slabs, sustaining a broken back and ribs.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a wall built on the third floor had not been secured properly and collapsed due to a gust of wind.
KP Gardner Builders pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was ordered to pay costs of £6,969.50, in addition to its fine.
HSE inspector Paul Hems explained that the man was "lucky to be alive" after being hit by the blocks, which fell seven metres, underlining the importance of safety signs.
"This could have so easily been a much more serious incident," he said.
"[Principal contractor] Mr Gardner was made aware of the wind affecting the newly-built walls, but failed to take appropriate action to ensure their stability."
Meanwhile, almost one in three construction sites in Nottinghamshire failed recent checks by the HSE for the correct use of safety measures such as warning signs.
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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