Contractor fined after worker suffers serious injuries

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A principal contractor has been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell approximately three metres through an unprotected stairwell opening

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard a sub-contractor to Brown Construction was laying bricks for the second-storey of a new build house in Ash, Canterbury. There was an opening in the floor where the stairs were to be installed.

The worker slipped and fell through the opening and landed on his feet shattering his left heel, which required surgery to repair.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no measures had been taken to prevent workers from falling from height through the stairwell opening, resulting in serious injuries.

Brown Construction of Ashford Road, Maidstone, pleaded guilty of a breach of Regulation 4 (1) of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and fined £17,333.

HSE inspector, Ross Carter, commented: “In this case a worker suffered serious injuries which could have been avoided by taking simple measures, such as installing guardrails around the opening, to prevent workers falling from height.”

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