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INSECURE DECKING LEAVES WORKMAN PARALYSED

Temporary works failure caused scaffolder to fall 4m through opening

Construction firm Structural Metal Decks Limited (SMDL) has been fined £105,000 after a scaffolder was left paralysed following an accident at a building site in Kilsyth, Scotland.

The workman suffered injuries to his spinal cord and is now paralysed from the neck down following the incident in April 2015.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how Structural Metal Decks Ltd were contracted to lay metal deck flooring by John Graham Construction Ltd who were building a new health centre.

The scaffolder was moving scaffolding components when he stood on a section of metal decking installed by SMDL. The sheet which gave way slid open and subsequenly closed up again causing hm to fall 4m through the opening to the ground below.

HSE investigators found that the metal deck sheets on the first level of the building had not been secured properly and that access to the first level of the decking was inadequately controlled thereby allowing non-decking workers onto the deck.

Decking sheets not properly secured

Structural Metal Decks Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3 (1) and 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £105,000.

Speaking after the verdict, HSE Inspector Graeme McMinn said:

“This is a tragic incident, which has had a devastating effect on a young man’s life.

The accident could have been avoided if the Structural Metal Decks Ltd had taken appropriate safety precautions and ensured the decking sheets were properly secured.”

 

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