Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

TIMBER FRAME ERECTION LACKED PLANNING FOR SAFETY

PC and contractor prosecuted despite both businesses folding

C J Deighton & Co Ltd and Julian Chard Carpentry Ltd have been prosecuted after a labourer suffered multiple injuries in a fall from unguarded scaffolding during construction of timber frames on a Wiltshire project in March 2012.

Chippenham Magistrates’ Court heard today (14 May) that Stephen Keegan, aged 56, was involved in building the frames when he fell some 2m from an unguarded section of scaffolding. He suffered a fractured knee, broken collarbone, fractured wrist and perforated ear drum.

HSE investigators found that Swindon-based C J Deighton & Co Ltd failed to:

  • properly plan and manage construction activities on site to ensure safety;
  • provide adequate up-to-date information to site management and others; and 
  • provide internal edge protection around the porch area where Mr Keegan fell.

The court heard that site management identified the problem and fitted a temporary and inadequate guard rail. The work proceeded for a number of days despite the company knowing it was unsafe to do so.

HSE inspectors also found sub-contractor Julian Chard Carpentry Ltd failed to supervise the work or put adequate safety measures in place to protect anyone working at height on the timber frame construction.

Proper planning and communication was required

C J Deighton & Co Ltd, of Swindon was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,122 in costs after being found guilty in their absence of breaching CDM Regulation 22(1) which requires the principal contractor to plan, manage and monitor the project construction phase so it is carried out without risks to health or safety.

Julian Chard Carpentry Ltd, of Frome was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,121 in costs after also being found guilty in their absence of breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which requires the employer to ensure measures are taken to prevent any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

CJ Deighton has gone in liquidation and Julian Chard Carpentry has now ceased trading. After the hearing, HSE inspector Helena Tinton said:

“This was a serious incident which could easily have been prevented. There were significant failures by both C J Deighton and Julian Chard Carpentry.

With proper planning and communication a suitable scaffold could have been provided. Monitoring and supervision on-site should have identified the unsafe work at height and work halted until the scaffold was corrected or measures put in place to mitigate a fall.

Mr Keegan has undergone several operations since his fall and is unlikely to get full mobility in his shoulder, knee or wrist. This was only a temporary job for Mr Keegan and, as a self-employed painter and decorator, his injuries meant that he could not work at all for six months and they will severely hamper his future ability to work.”

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

NEW ISO 45001 MANAGEMENT STANDARD IMMINENT

Standard capable of replacing OHSAS 18001 with relative ease

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

APPEAL COURT RULES ON LEGAL PRIVILEGE CASE

Decision may prompt further caution during internal investigations

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON SITE ROAD

Contractor fined £500,000 over poor traffic management arrangements

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

FALLING SCAFFOLD CLIP STRUCK PASSER-BY

Firm failed to follow risk assessment and method statement

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 14th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HOMES FIRM FINED £1/2M OVER DUMPER DEATH

Developer and contractor failed to manage people and plant interface

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th February 2018

SUPREME COURT RULES ON HSE ENFORCEMENT NOTICES

Post service evidence can be used to support HSE notice appeals

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th February 2018

SAFE INSTALLATION OF PRE-CAST FLOORING

Code of Practice for health and safety updated by industry federation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

MANUAL HANDLING MUST INVOLVE ‘REAL RISK’

Court provides clarity on manual handling risk assessment rules

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th February 2018

SKIP LORRY DRIVER FATALLY INJURED BY LOADER

Hire company fined after lorry driver crushed between two vehicles

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

PUBLIC RISK COSTS CONTRACTOR DEARLY

Principal Contractor failed to assess and supervise work

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

TUBES FELL WHILST LIFTING OVER PERSONS BELOW

Lifting operations were not carried out in safe manner

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

‘DAREDEVIL’ SCAFFOLDER LANDS IN DOCK

Former HSE Inspector snaps dangerous working practices at 60 feet

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 1st FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

DIDCOT FATAL COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Police and HSE still seeking to understand why boiler house collapsed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

SCAFFOLDER TRAINING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

CISRS training card renewal by CPD embraced by scaffolders

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th January 2018

HSE SUMMARY OF CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HARM

Infographic provides insight into industry priority hazards

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AGREED CONTROLS

Risk assessment carried out but precautions not taken

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

HSE MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS SUMMIT 2018

hselogo1Regulator focuses on MSDs in construction and others sectors

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th January 2018

LOAD FELL FROM MAGNET AND STRUCK WORKMAN

Firm failed to properly assess and revise crane safe working load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th January 2018

RAISING THE BAR ON LIFTING OPERATIONS SKILLS

New ‘Lifting Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship’ ready for delivery

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 24th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

SCAFFOLDING FIRM FINED OVER UNSAFE LOADING

Bin of scaffold fittings lifted by crane struck scaffolder

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

FATAL FALL FROM EDGE OF INDUSTRIAL ROOF

Suitable protection missing during installation of roof sheets

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 23rd January 2018
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access