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    DISMANTLING NOT PLANNED PROPERLY

    Workman seriously injured in fall when dismantling factory floor  

    R.J. Heale and Co Ltd of  Bridgend has been ordered to payover £11k in fines and prosecution costs after an employee fell whilst standing on a mezzanine floor being dismantled.

    He was removing the floorboards at a disused factory and passing them down colleagues when he fell nearly 3m through a gap onto the concrete floor below fracturing his skull and vertebrae. He was hospitalised for three weeks and has not worked since the incident in 2005.

    HSE inspector Wayne Williams said: ” this fall from this height could have easily been fatal. It is vital that companies with employees working at height assess the risks and take measures to minimise that risk. In this case, the company failed to provide edge protection or any other physical measures to reduce the risk of falling at any point during the time this work was taking place. They also failed to provide a health and safety inductions to their staff and contractors.”

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