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    PROSECUTION FALL FROM LADDER

    Fatality at Welsh Assembly project ends in £200,000 fine 

    Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd has been fined £200k and ordered to pay over £71k in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a charge under HSW Act Section 3. The case arose from an incident in March 2004 that led to the death of supervisor Mr John Walsh, 53, of Bristol who died after a wall collapsed causing him to fall from a ladder.

    Mr Walsh was employed by Ferson Construction Services Ltd to build a blockwork supporting wall that included a cavity between the wall and the concrete frame of the main structure. He was filling the cavity with cement when the ‘wall surged outwards due to the pressure’ causing him to fall backwards from the ladder.

    HSE inspector Alun Williams said “there are recognised procedures in the construction industry for backfilling and cavity insulation which would have prevented the wall from surging outwards. He went on to say “use of ladders was meant to be strictly controlled on site yet one was in use despite a method statement to the contrary. The company failed to ensure the method statement was followed and in doing so failed to manage the activities of others.”

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