Importance of warning signs highlighted after workers' basement fall
Posted by Ben Alexander.
The importance of warning signs as part of demolition projects has been highlighted after a construction firm was fined £6,000 after admitting breaching health and safety regulations.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how two workers suffered significant injuries when the stone staircase they were demolishing at the site of a former hotel collapsed under them in September 2007.
Working in Largs, Ayrshire, the men fell close to four metres to the basement and were struck by falling debris, suffering a punctured lung, crush injuries, bruising and cuts.
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Ossian Construction Ltd was fined £6,000 after pleading guilty to breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
It had failed to provide its employees with the necessary information and training they needed and failed to employ a safe system of work.
"It's not always obvious how old buildings are put together, and therefore it is particularly important to seek competent advice before any demolition work is undertaken," HSE inspector Annette Leppla said.
"All employers carrying out working at height must make sure they plan this work properly and give their employees the training and supervision they need to do the work safely."
In 2008/9, there were 35 deaths as a result of falls from height.
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