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Worker accident highlights need for construction signs

7th January 2010 | Construction Signs

A Lancashire company has been fined after a worker was injured at one of its building sites, illustrating the need for construction signs.

ECH, trading as Maple Timber Frames and registered in Preston, was ordered to pay £16,000 after an employee fell five meters at a Tunbridge Wells site and suffered severe injures.

The accident occurred in November 2008, when a subcontractor was helping to erect a timber frame and fell through a poorly-covered stairwell which was not highlighted by warning signs, fracturing his skull.

Melvyn Stancliffe, an inspector of health and safety, commented: "This sort of fall could easily have killed him. It is all the sadder because it should have been prevented if ECH had heeded simple safety advice."

The prosecution follows the recent fining of West Midland man Ian Brian Griffiths, from Theodore Close in Oldbury, who was ordered to pay £3,500 after a worker in his employment fell into a pit, highlighting the need for construction signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19544343-ADNFCR


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