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Firms fined after worker falls to his death

30th July 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

The importance of warning signs has been highlighted after a subcontractor fell to his death while working at an industrial park.

Express Park Construction Company Limited and Oxford Architects Partnership were fined a total of £195,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Construction (Design and Management) Regulations after prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The contractor, who was working on a platform accessed via a ladder at the new industrial park in Somerset, fell 9m to his death. The platform was at the edge of a flat roof, but the roof's parapet was not high enough to stop the fall.

HSE inspector Sue Adsett, commenting after the hearing, said it was a "tragic case", adding: "While it is rare for designers to be charged with breaching health and safety legislation, they must be aware they can be held responsible where bad design is an important contributory factor to a work-place fatality."

Earlier this month a farming and haulage firm was fined after one of its workers died on a farm in Norfolk.


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