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Worker's skull crushed after fall from height

30th July 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

The importance of effective warning signs has been highlighted after a man suffered permanent brain damage when a fall from height crushed his skull.

The man was working to demolish a building when he fell 6m through a roof and hit the concrete floor underneath, crushing his skull in the process.

He suffered permanent damage to his sight, hearing and personality.

The two companies in charge of the demolition, Murray Structures and E.J. Murray (Steel Structures), both pleaded guilty to breaching Work at Height Regulations and were fined a total of £13,000 in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A construction inspector for the HSE, David Charnock, said: "As this incident demonstrates, carrying out work at height can result in serious injury and even death if not properly planned. Steps must be taken to prevent people falling, and everyone involved in the work must be properly trained."

According to the HSE, falls from height are the most common cause of workplace deaths in the UK. ADNFCR-2754-ID-800008655-ADNFCR


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