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    PRISON TERM FOR SOLE TRADER CONTRACTOR

    Small contractor pays the price for failing to manage work at height hazards

    A sole trader from London has today been handed a six month prison sentence suspended for eighteen months after an employee fell from height in November 2016.

    Southwark Crown Court heard how small builder James Gibson was undertaking a refurbishment project when a worker fell through an unprotected opening in the ground floor measuring approximately 1.5 m x 3m into a basement below. He suffered serious head injuries.

    HSE investigators found failures in health and safety management had led to a number of fall from height issues on site, including a lack of sufficient edge protection to prevent workers from falling through the opening in the floor.

    • James Gibson – of Brent Street, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was given a six month prison sentence suspended for eighteen months and ordered to pay costs of £8,442.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Matt Raine said:

    “Falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Had the employer in this case, James Gibson, implemented adequate control measures to protect the health and safety of his workers, this incident could have been prevented.”

     

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