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EDGE PROTECTION ON SCHOOL REFURB FAILED UNDER LOAD

Workers escape ‘impaling’ after inadequate wooden guardrail gave way

Cruden Construction Ltd has been fined after two workmen, investigating a flat roof leak, fell when one leant on a wooden handrail that collapsed. The co-worker attempted to stop him falling but they both fell to a scaffold platform below at a Manchester school in September 2011.

Trafford Magistrates heard that the two men were working some 3m above the ground as part of a major refurbishment project at Barlow Moor High School. One of the men twisted his right knee and suffered bruising to his ribs and left arm whilst his colleague suffered a fractured rib, and bruising to his arm and chest.

The court was told both workers were lucky not to have been “impaled on metal poles” sticking up through the scaffolding when they fell.

Wooden handrail simply not “up to the job”

Cruden Construction Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to ensure the hand rail was a sufficient strength and rigidity for the work. The company, of Grappenhall, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £2,530 towards the cost of the prosecution.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Laura Moran said:

“Both men were lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries after they fell from the roof at Barlow Moor High School.

They could easily have been seriously injured or even killed had they been impaled by a scaffolding pole, or fallen all the way to the ground below.

The wooden handrail that Cruden Construction provided simply wasn’t up to the job and their safety was compromised as a result.”

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