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Worker injured by falling guttering

18th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Safety failings led to the injury of an Aberdeen demolition worker after he was struck by a falling piece of iron guttering. The firm employing him has been prosecuted and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Valentin Taljanov, the 61-year-old employee, was working on the demolition of some old offices and warehousing at Aberdeen Harbour. Mr Taljanov was underneath an unsupported piece of cast iron guttering when it fell and hit him.

The guttering broke his right arm, seven ribs, and a vertebra; punctured his lung and cut his head. The HSE found that Lawrie [Demolition] Limited had not put a system to identify hazards or exclusion zones in place to protect against falling materials.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 29 of The Construction [Design and Management] Regulations 2007. It was fined £40,000.

HSE inspector Liz Hunter said: "This incident was wholly preventable by taking down the guttering in one go and it was probably only Mr Taljanov’s hard hat that prevented him from being killed."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801694619-ADNFCR


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