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WORKMAN STRUCK BY OBJECT FALLING FROM SCAFFOLD

Missing scaffold brick guards a ‘greater offence’ than failure to use helmet

Elegance Building Contractors Ltd has been prosecuted after a 56-year-old construction worker suffered serious head injury and permanent personality changes when a 10kg ‘stone’ fell 3m from scaffolding striking him on the head at a building site near Bristol.

The company was carrying out work at a domestic property on 6 September 2010 where the work included raising the roof level and cladding part of the property with feature stonework.

The company failed to ensure brick guards were installed on the scaffolding to stop materials falling.

Employee escapes further ‘punishment’

Elegance Building Contractors Ltd, of Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 10 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £4,733.

The workman was not wearing a safety helmet but HSE judged that the “lack of brick guards on the scaffolding was the greater offence”. He was airlifted to hospital and was off work for nine months

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Mark Renouf said:

“This tragic incident could easily have been avoided if the brick guards or similar had been fitted to the scaffold.

Building companies must learn from this case and make sure basic safety precautions are observed on sites.”

Mr Hinton has suffered major injuries and the incident could very well have led to a fatality. The use of hard hats was not common on this site however the greater failing is not stopping materials from falling in the first place.

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One Response to “WORKMAN STRUCK BY OBJECT FALLING FROM SCAFFOLD”

  1. HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 30th NOVEMBER 2011 | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

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