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Healthcare company fined after fall

25th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A healthcare firm from St Helens has been fined after a worker suffered a fall of nearly six metres off some unsafe scaffolding.

Peter Winchurch, a 68 year old joiner from Skelmersdale, had been working on roof trusses for a house extension when he fell.

TRU Ltd was fined £170,000 for serious safety failings and ordered to pay £82,145 costs after being found guilty of two separate breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

An investigation found that the scaffolding had few guardrails and inadequate decking. TRU had not written any risk assessments or work method statements.

TRU is primarily a healthcare company, specialising in providing rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, however it had also taken on a few building projects.

HSE Inspector Anthony Polec said: “The scaffolding was clearly dangerous. The safeguards required were reasonably practicable, and there is much published guidance on the subject from HSE and the construction industry.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801664470-ADNFCR


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