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FIRMS FINED AFTER WORKMAN SURVIVES 6m FALL

Principal Contractor in dock with contractor partners

Three construction companies have been fined a total of £90,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell nearly 6m from an unguarded working platform.

Southwark Crown Court heard that two workers accessed the top level of a unit which was to be dismantled as part of construction work at a site in Westferry Road, London on 4th March 2013

One of the workers slipped and fell over the side of the platform, hitting the wall and then landing on the concrete floor 5.9 m below.

He sustained multiple injuries including internal bleeding, a collapsed lung, and fractures to his pelvis and right arm and has been left unable to work.

  • Meta Management Services Limited (trading as Aktrion), of Edinburgh, who was the Principal Contractor for the project, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 22(1)(c) of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007 and was fined £9,000 with £1,942 in costs.
  • Goss Graphic Systems Limited of Longridge Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 13(2) of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007, and Regulation 4 of the Working at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined a total of £27,000 with costs of £7,000.
  • Beck and Pollitzer Engineering Limited of Dartford, Kent pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 4 of the Working at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £54,000 with costs of £14,000.

 

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