Contractor fined after subcontractor falls from height

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Brebner and Williamson Ltd has been fined £5,000 after a self-employed subcontractor fell 15ft and sustained multiple fractures and a brain injury

Brebner and Williamson has been fined after John Niven, a self-employed subcontractor, fell 15ft from a youngman board, which had been used to create a temporary platform. He sustained multiple fractures and a brain injury.

Perth Sheriff Court heard how on 29 July 2016, John Niven was working on a new build at Plot 1, Station Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross.

A youngman board was used to create a temporary platform to give access to the roof in an area without scaffolding.

Niven was standing on the youngman board when it slipped, causing him to fall onto a concrete floor slab below.

HSE investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Brebner and Williamson failed to properly supervise the work at height, to ensure scaffold surrounded the full perimeter of the house under construction, and to ensure a suitable working platform and fall protection measures were in place.

Brebner and Williamson pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 4 and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and were fined £5,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Gillian Anderson, said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities and severe injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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