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    CCTV INSTALLER FELL BETWEEN FLOOR JOISTS

    Principal Contractor and CCTV specialist failed to plan and manage risk

    Two companies have been fined after a worker fell more than 3m through the second floor of a building.

    Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 31 March 2015, Stephen Baines, a 48 year old father of six children, was installing a CCTV security system into a four storey building.

    He was standing on two timber floor joists, pulling cables down from the loft through the second floor area, when he fell between the two joists and through a plasterboard ceiling pinned to the underside onto the concrete floor below, suffering serious multiple fractures.

    Workers lacked safe system of work to follow

    HSE investigators found that Oriental Security Systems Limited, hired to install the security system, had not properly planned the work and were unaware that the work areas had changed significantly. The company failed to put in place a safe system of work and to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to its employees.

    The CDM Principal Contractor, DPC Contracts (London) Ltd, failed to properly plan, manage and monitor the work. There were no measures in place e.g. floor coverings fixed to the joists, edge protection installed at open edges or restrictions on access to the unprotected area.

    • Oriental Security Systems Limited – of Bridge Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5156.96.
    • DPC Contracts (London) Limited – of Orchard Road, Stevenage,  pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007, and was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6219.56.

    HSE inspector Deborah Walker said after the hearing:

    “The risks of working at height on site are well known and were not properly considered by either DPC Contracts (London) Ltd or Oriental Security Systems Ltd and, as a result, there was no safe system of work in place for workers to follow.

    These failings resulted in a CCTV engineer suffering serious and life changing injuries, which could have been prevented had the risks been properly controlled.”

     

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