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PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR AND CONTRACTOR FINED

Window fitting on apartment block not properly planned and supervised

A window fitting contractor and project principal contractor have been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker fell 3m whilst installing glazed units in November 2014.

Bournemouth Magistrates heard how an employee of GFT Frames Limited (GFT) was installing glazed units in a block of flats on a construction site in Bournemouth where Parsons and Joyce Contractors Limited (P&J) were principal contractors.

Darren Shepherd, aged 54, of Bournemouth was carrying window frames through the stairwell of the block of flats under construction. There were no stairs in place and merely a ledge which was part of the structure that would act as a landing half way up the stairs once they were installed.

Mr Sheppard climbed onto the ledge, slipped and fell approximately 1.7m to the landing and a further 1.3m to the ground floor. He sustained two fractured ribs and a broken thumb.

Worker site induction not provided

HSE investigators found GFT ailed to properly plan, supervise or carry out the work at height in a safe manner and that Parsons and Joyce failed to plan manage and monitor the construction phase and failed to provide workers with a site induction.

GFT Frames Limited, of Vantage Way, Poole, Dorset, was fined a total of £6,000, and ordered to pay £9,953 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Parsons and Joyce Contractors Limited, of Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset, was fined a total of £20,000, and ordered to pay £9,953 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 22(1)(a) and 22(2)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

 

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