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PC FINED £120K FOR CDM 2015 FAILINGS

Inadequate temporary works planning caused injury

Meldrum Construction Services Limited (MSC) of Gateshead has been fined £120,000 after a construction worker was injured when he fell into a service riser shaft in July 2015.

Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates heard that the company was the appointed principal contractor for a refurbishment project at premises in Percy Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

MCS failed to plan for adequate temporary platforms to be installed in the service riser in order to provide a safe work area resulting in the installation of temporary floors of insufficient strength.

When a workman stood on the temporary wooden floor on the first floor riser the floor collapsed causing him to fall 4.5m to the the level below. He sprained both ankles.

PC must plan, manage and monitor

The HSE investigation found that MCS failed to plan and manage the construction phase of the project in that they failed to plan and manage the temporary works within the service riser.

Meldrum Construction Services Limited of Gateshead, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1969.

CDM 2015 Regulation requires the principal contractor to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the construction phase to ensure that construction work is carried out without risks to health or safety.

 

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