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Construction Company fined after employee injured after fall from height

A construction company has been fined after a carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back after a fall from height.

11 November 2019

The employee climbed up to remove a nail from one of the braces holding the trusses, one of which started to fall causing the employee to fall with it. Raised safety decking was used as fall mitigation within the building but did not cover the whole area and left significant gaps.

The employee sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back, whiplash to neck and his little finger was ripped open.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the working at height risk assessments were generic. They identified falls from height, but control measures focused on scaffolding and didn’t mention internal falls and decking. It was also found that operatives on the site were not trained to install the safety decking.

The construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13 of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

A representative for the HSE commented: ‘This incident could so easily have been avoided by planning work at height to ensure that suitable and sufficient measures were in place to prevent falls.’

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