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DEMOLITION WORKER FELL FROM TOWER SCAFFOLD

Falling cable tray knocked workman from inadequate tower

DSR Demolition Limited has been sentenced after pleading guilty to health and safety failings following the fall of a workman from height at Hillington Industrial Estate in Glasgow on the 30 December 2011.

The 50-year-old was carrying out work from a mobile scaffolding platform to enable the building to be demolished when it appears a cable tray swung towards him as he was cutting it from the ceiling, hitting him in the shin and knocking him off balance.

He fell 5ft from the platform causing severe injuries fracturing his right elbow and left arm. He has been unable to return to work because of the extent of his injuries.

Missing guard rails and toe boards

HSE investigators found that the fall happened because the tower platform was not put together correctly and was missing guard rails and toe boards and the platform had not been inspected before use.

DSR Demolition Limited was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE Inspector Graham Mitchell said:

“The injured person was at risk of falling because the tower was not put together properly. Work at Height Regulations require those in control of work at height to take sufficient measures to prevent injuries and this fall could have been easily prevented.”

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