Platform collapse underlines safety sign importance
A builder has been fined £2,000 after two of his workers suffered injuries in a fall from a temporary platform, it has been confirmed.
The two men were working on scaffold planks across a stairwell in a property in Tilshead on August 15th 2008 when they fell through, with one suffering a fracture.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the planks were rested on top of a piece of wood which had been screwed into a partition wall.
Salisbury Magistrates' Court heard that the platform gave way when the second man joined his colleague on it, highlighting the need for adequate safety signs for builders working at height.
The employer admitted to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.
"If you are responsible for a project then you must ensure that you plan the work properly, take into account all the probable risks and manage them correctly," said HSE principal inspector Andrew Kingscott.
"Incidents like this are easily prevented if the correct measures are taken to make sure that employees are not put at risk."
The HSE was created by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has since absorbed earlier regulatory bodies such as the Factory Inspectorate.
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