Safety signs importance highlighted after work experience accident
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
The importance of construction site signs has been highlighted after a school pupil suffered a fall while undertaking work experience with a building firm.
The 15-year-old - one of two students completing a placement at the Sheffield-based builder - was working on a project to convert an upstairs restaurant into a block of flats.
Sheffield Magistrates' Court heard that the student was climbing down a ladder with a bucket in his hand when he fell 2.4 metres to the floor.
He suffered bruising and went to hospital where he was later discharged.
In its prosecution, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the work placement assessment allowed students to carry out general labouring but did not plan for them working at height.
The firm was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £1,320 costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Medani close said the employer's risk assessment - which could include where to effectively place warning signs - should have factored in working with younger people.
"Construction sites can be dangerous places to work. Because of inexperience, young people need special consideration to protect them from risks, particularly those present when working at height, which are well-known in the industry," Mr Medani said.
Falls from height are the most common cause of workplace fatalities, with 35 people killed in 2008/09, HSE figures show.
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