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Warning signs highlighted by fall injury

23rd November 2009 | Construction Signs

A recent fall has highlighted the importance of construction sites using adequate measures such as "Danger Fragile Roof - Use crawling boards" safety signs. Mark Wilson, trading as MWS Scaffolding Services, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. An employee for the firm was injured after falling ten metres through a fragile roof light, suffering a broken leg and a number of cuts. Dominic Elliss, construction inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), claims that there was a failure to assess these works and that the firm did not implement enough measures to protect his workers, such as warning signs. He states: "A failure to adequately assess the risks in this case meant that simple measures such as the provision of sufficient boarding and clear and robust instruction and supervision of his employees were not undertaken." In other news, Alba Proteins (Penrith) Ltd has been fined £20,000 and £9,271 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, highlighting the importance of warning signs such as those reading "unauthorised persons must not adjust or service the machines".


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