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Negligence led to teenage bricklayer falling 2m onto concrete floor

A construction company has been ordered to pay a £10,000 fine after negligence led to a teenage bricklayer falling more than two metres down a stairway.

15 August 2019

A construction company has been ordered to pay a £10,000 fine after negligence led to a teenage bricklayer falling more than two metres down a stairway.

The junior bricklayer, who was under 18-years-old at the time of the incident, was working on the first floor of a house when he fell through an exposed stairway. He landed on a concrete floor, sustaining two broken ribs and contusions.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) learned that the company had neglected to install suitable guardrails around the border of the opening. As a result, the firm was found guilty of breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations, and along with the hefty fine were forced to pay £800 in costs.

Accidents such as this can easily be avoided by implementing appropriate control measures and safe working practices. For information on how you can improve health and safety in your business workplace, get in touch with our expert team!

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