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Construction company fined after teenage worker falls from height

A construction company has been fined after a 17-year-old worker fell more than three metres through an opening for a roof light…

27 March 2020

A construction company has been fined after a 17-year-old worker fell more than three metres through an opening for a roof light.

The employee was walking across an unmarked and unguarded area on the first floor of a construction site when he fell through a sheet of insulation covering a skylight.

He suffered multiple broken bones in his right leg and foot and, after two operations, was advised it was unlikely he could work in construction again.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the employee was not supervised properly and was unaware of the risks on site. There were no physical warnings that there was a hole or a fragile surface, and no verbal warning had been told to workers on site. There were also no physical barriers to stop anyone walking from the scaffold onto the flat roof. The company failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned and appropriately supervised. Despite this incident, the company continued to fail to ensure work at height was planned and managed on site. Numerous failings were identified by HSE during later visits to the construction site.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £55,620.

A representative of the HSE said: “This worker’s injuries were life changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place.

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of injuries in the country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

If you require any further assistance or guidance on working at height activities and control measures to eliminate the risks, please get in touch.

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