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Plymouth building firm in court after employee fall

30th September 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Plymouth building firm has been fined for safety breaches after a worker sustained multiple injuries in a fall at work.

Fifty-nine-year-old Geoffrey Burt was helping to pull up a floor at the W Cooper and Son premises when he fell 2.3 metres, causing numerous fractures to his ribs, shoulder blade and spine.

W Cooper and Son (Plymouth) Ltd of Commercial Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000, while being ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

HSE inspector Annette Walker said: "Mr Burt's injuries have caused him a great deal of distress and pain and could easily have been avoided if his employer had simply provided a board to cover-up the hole."

Ms Walker continued by saying the incident was "entirely foreseeable", adding it highlights the need for employers to take workforce safety seriously.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801643557-ADNFCR


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