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Worker falls from staircase due to lack of protection

12th June 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A worker fell from a staircase at the construction of a new cinema, and was seriously injured, due in part to safety failings on the part of his employer. Ereconomic Construction Ltd was fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a result.

The 52-year-old employee was installing the balustrades on a staircase in the cinema’s lobby when the incident occurred. While retrieving some tools, the man fell over the edge. He suffered a broken collarbone, and was unable to work for three weeks.

The HSE found that while protection had been installed around the edge of the staircase, it was removed for the installation of a floor system. This meant there was nothing to prevent a fall.

Ereconomic Construction was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,033 costs after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801727655-ADNFCR


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