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WORKMAN FELL FROM EDGE OF UNGUARDED OPENING

Firm fined £95,000 over failure to assess and protect workers at height

West Hill Projects Ltd has been fined £95,000 after a workman fell some 3.3m through an opening in December 2016.

Hammersmith Magistrates heard that the workman was working next to the large opening of the building in London. when he fell to the ground below and suffered four fractured vertebrae, a fractured rib and a scalp wound.

He was unable to work for several months following the incident.

Simple edge protection required

HSE investigator found that the company failed to take any measures to prevent people on site falling through the opening.

People had been working in the area in the days beforehand and the company had not properly planned the project.

  • West Hill Projects Ltd – of Seymour Road, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £95,604.80 and ordered to pay costs of £988.80.

Speaking after the incident HSE Inspector Owen Rowley said:

“The risks associated with work at height are well known throughout the construction industry. West Hill Projects Ltd failed to control the risk on site and one of its workers suffered serious injuries as a result.

It is vitally important that those in control of work at height implement suitable and sufficient measures to prevent falls.

The simple step of installing edge protection around the opening could have prevented this incident from occurring.’

 

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