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    PROSECUTION FALL FROM HEIGHT

    Major contractor prosecuted after fall from building 

    Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd has been fined £80k and ordered to pay costs of £10k after one of their employees fell over 3m during the construction of concrete stairs inside an apartment block. He sustained multiple serious head and other injuries and narrowly escaped falling three floors to the base of the building. Two other workers also escaped injury whilst working in the same unprotected area. The incident happened on the 13 August 2007 at Liverpool One, the key development of Liverpool City Centre to mark the 2008 European City of Culture. 

    HSE Principal Inspector Nic Rigby said the risk would have been avoided ” had the planning and management of the work being carried out not been so deficient. The accident occurred because the company failed to make adequate risk assessments and plan a safe system of work. This accident happened on the 3rd floor of the building. Had the accident not occurred this same system of work would have been repeated on every one of the 12 floors of the building. A fall from that height would clearly have had much more serious consequences.”

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