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SEVERE CEMENT BURNS LAYING CONCRETE FLOOR

Contractor fined after failing to control risk and provide PPE

DLP Services (Northern) Limited has been prosecuted after a 54-year-old employee suffered severe cement burns to his knees whilst laying concrete flooring in November 2014

Sefton Magistrates’ Court heard that the workman kneeled in the wet concrete to manually finish the concrete flooring being laid in a domestic bungalow.

The cement burns to both his knees resulted in 12 days hospitalisation and ongoing treatment.

HSE investigators found the firm failed to adequately asses the risks and implement suitable and sufficient control measures to protect employees from contact of the wet concrete with the skin. In addition, suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) was not provided and there were no welfare facilities on site.

Four miles travel to welfare facilities

DLP Services (Northern) Limited of Cobden Street, Brindle Heath Industrial Estate, Pendleton, Salford, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 22 (1)(c) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and Regulation 7(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. The company was fined £14,000 with £1590 costs.

The court heard the company had been served with HSE Improvement Notices for lack of welfare facilities in September 2014 and June 2014.

HSE inspector Anne Foster said after the hearing:

“The injuries the employee suffered were entirely foreseeable and avoidable had the company implemented suitable controls, such as the use of long-handled tools, or the provision of suitable chemical resistant PPE.

It is also wholly unreasonable to expect workers to travel four miles to find welfare facilities.”

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