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    SMALL BUILDER PROSECUTED AFTER GREENHOUSE FALL

    Proper planning and clear instructions needed for all work at height

    A building contractor from Wokingham, Berkshire has been prosecuted after a workman  fell and punctured his lung while carrying out demolition work in December 2014.

    Kevin Lipscombe, aged 58, was involved in dismantling an old shed adjacent by a new build home. Whilst working on the shed he “lost his balance” and fell onto an adjacent disused greenhouse, shattering the glass structure and puncturing his lung.

    High Wycombe Magistrates’ court heard how Mr Lipscombe was not given any instructions or equipment to dismantle the shed and a suitable risk assessment was not carried out before the work started.

    HSE found that work had not been planned and there was no protection to prevent workers from falling from height.

    Trymac Construction (John David McCormick T/A) pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4 (1) and 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £2,000 for each , a total of £4,000, and was ordered to pay costs of £2,147 with a victim surcharge of £120.

     

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