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Stairwell fall leads to fine for construction company

7th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

The neglect of a relatively minor safety detail at a Cambridgeshire construction site led to a serious fall resulting in severe injuries. The firm in question, Hill Partnerships Ltd from Essex, has been prosecuted and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

David Scanlon, a self-employed decorator from Dunstable, was working on a building site when he leant on a guardrail. The rail was inappropriate for construction-site use, and collapsed under Mr Scanlon's weight.

The decorator fell down a stairwell, fracturing several ribs, his left arm and his thumb. He also suffered snapped tendons on an index finger, two cracked vertebrae, several collapsed discs and cuts and bruises to his head.

Hill Partnerships was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £4,501 costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

This goes to show that safety regulations that might seem relatively unimportant, such as guardrail requirements or safety signs, are still vital to protecting employees from injury.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801691277-ADNFCR


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