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MEMBER OF PUBLIC INJURED AFTER FALL INTO EXCAVATION

Court hears how open excavation presented 5m drop that caused serious injury

HML Builders Ltd has been prosecuted after a member of the public sustained spinal injuries and a fractured skull after he plunged 5m into an open excavation that had been left unprotected on 6 October 2011.

The 31-year-old man was visiting the home of a friend in Port Isaac, Cornwall when the fall occurred. The large excavation was in a neighbouring garden and had been excavated as part of a major domestic refurbishment project.

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard that HSE investigators found the company failed to install edge protection to prevent persons falling into the open excavation despite the edge running along a path directly to the front of a chalet on the neighbouring property.

Negligence put lives of workers and the public at risk

HML Builders Ltd, of Bess Park Road, Wadebridge, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 31 (2) of the Construction (Design and Mangement) Regulations 2007. The company was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,793 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Helena Tinton, said:

“The failure to put any edge protection in place to stop people falling into the excavation could easily have caused a death.

It was dark at the time of the fall and the injured man had no reason to know the hole was there. His serious injuries could have been avoided by some very simple measures, such as suitably supported guard rails and toe boards.

HML’s negligence not only put the lives of their own workers at risk but also those of members of the public.”

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