Firms Fined After Worker Falls

29th March 2012

Two Nottingham companies have been fined after a worker fell more than nine metres, injuring his back.

The 38-year-old man fell from a mobile tower at a building site in Nottingham, on 15 April 2009. He fractured two vertebrae and was off work for almost seven months.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the scaffold tower had not been erected to the manufacturer's instructions or industry guidelines, the tower was supported on a platform that was not sufficiently rigid to provide a suitable base and the working platform was not fitted with adequate guardrails to prevent falls.

The contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees. Nottingham magistrates fined the company £8,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £4,000.

The prinmcipal contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 for failing to plan, manage and monitor construction in a way that ensured it was carried out without risks to health and safety. Magistrates fined the company £6,000 with costs of £3,000.