Worker severely injured after fall from scaffolding at work

Posted on 10/31/12 in News, No Comments

Worker severely injured after fall from scaffolding at work.

First Reported by the Health and Safety Executive on 18th September 2012.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-nw-cmeceilings.htm
A scaffolding company have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive

after a worker suffered a collapsed lung, fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage, as

well as a broken collar bone, ribs, wrist and fingers. The 43 year old worker fell from

a height of two metres from scaffolding onto a concrete floor while working at a

sports centre.

The company had been contracted to install a suspended ceiling at a sports centre.

Last minute changes to its work plan meant that the workers used a scaffolding

tower to reach the ceiling instead of a scissor lift. The brakes of the scaffolding tower

had not been applied. In addition there were no hand rails around the platform to

stop the risk of employees falling from the height.

The scaffolding tower had been fashioned from many poorly made and poor quality

parts from different manufacturers. Consequently, the scaffolding firm pleading

guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company was forced to pay a total of £10,000 for their failures to abide by health

and safety law.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that it is the duty of every employer

to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all its employees. Therefore, if you have

been injured at work don’t hesitate to contact us, we may be to help.

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