Stairwell fall 'preventable' with protection and safety signs
An Aberdeenshire firm has been hit with a £4,000 fine after one of its apprentice joiners suffered head and leg injuries in a fall, highlighting the importance of warning signs.
The 17-year-old was working on the first floor of a new-build house at the Kirkside construction site in Laurencekirk when he fell through an unguarded stairwell.
Stonehaven Sherrif Court heard that Scotia Homes had only put a plywood sheet over the entrance to the stairwell, rather than edge protection, guards or safety signs.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 over the incident, which took place in October 2009.
After the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Alan MacKinnon commented that the accident "could have been avoided".
"The fall protection measure in place was completely inadequate as a means of preventing anyone falling from height," he said.
"Employers working at height need to ensure that risks are fully assessed and that open edged areas of work are suitably guarded."
Last week, Vickers Construction was fined after one of its excavation workers suffered bruising to his legs following a trench collapse.
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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