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    JOINER PARALYSED AFTER FALL THROUGH JOISTS

    Fall prevention and risk minimisation measures not taken

    Mager Homes Ltd of Grimsby has been sentenced for safety breaches after a sub-contracted joiner suffered life-changing injuries in December 2016.

    Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that the company was contracted to complete a house build in Tetney, Grimsby.

    The joiner was working on the first floor level installing joists and flooring. In was whilst he was laying a floorboard, that he stepped back and fell through a gap between the joists to the ground below.

    The 60-year-old father of one suffered broken vertebrae which has left him paralysed below his chest, wheelchair-bound and unlikely to ever work again.

    Assessment failed to establish basic precautions

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mager Homes Ltd. failed to provide workers with an adequate working platform. It was also found the company failed to install any edge protection or fall prevention equipment to minimise the risk of falls on-site.

    • Mager Homes Ltd – of Laburnum Farm, Ludborough, Grimsby pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £26,000 with £795 costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jennifer Elsegood commented:

    “The contractor’s injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed.

    This serious and devastating incident could have been avoided if basic safe guards, such as an appropriate working platform, or measures to mitigate falls, had been in place.”

     

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