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Employee injured in lift shaft fall

27th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A firm has been prosecuted after one of its employees fell three storeys down a lift shaft. It is thought that the company's failure to implement a "well-known industry standard" was a contributing factor to the incident.

Terry Moore was working on preparing the lift shaft before the lift was installed when he fell, plummeting nine metres. He hit the bottom of the shaft below, fracturing his left foot, shoulder, lower spine and pelvis.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the guardrails set up to prevent a fall were only 908mm high. The accepted height, according to the 2005 Work at Height Regulations, is 950mm.

The court was told that, although it could not be proved that this failing contributed to the fall, it was a serious safety issue. Industry standards like this, including safety signage, are there to protect employees from injury and should be abided by at all times.

Farrans (Construction) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,225 costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801686440-ADNFCR


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