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Health and safety failure leaves worker with multiple injuries

7th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A construction firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee suffered a fall that left him with multiple injuries.

The 50-year-old construction worker from Masham, North Yorkshire, was left with a fractured skull and eight broken ribs after the incident.

It occurred on August 7th 2012. The worker had been cutting through the steel sheets of a mezzanine floor using a saw.

He lost his balance when he was next to the hole he had sawed in the floor, panicked, threw his saw through the hole and then fell through himself, hitting the concrete floor four metres below.

The firm, HACS Construction Ltd, was found to have not provided any precautions to prevent falls. They had considered the use of a ‘crash deck’, but decided against it in order to save time.

The firm was fined a total of £16,000 and ordered to pay £7,847 towards costs after admitting two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801657939-ADNFCR


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