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    SOFT LANDING BAGS TRIGGERED A FALL!

    Fall arrest bag thrown from scaffold took workman with bag

    A construction company has been sentenced after an employee fell from the first floor of a school in Wakefield in August 2014.

    Leeds Crown Court heard how the 61-year-old worker was asked to remove fall arrest bags from the first floor. The bags were too bulky to be removed safely by the stairs and the bags were taken to the roof from where they were thrown to the ground below.

    One of the bags caught on the roof edge protection and dislodged the protection thereby taking him and the edge protection over the roof edge.

    He landed on the unprotected end of a scaffolding pole resulting in broken ribs and internal injuries and later removal of part of his bowel due to infection

    HSE investigators found that the edge protection failed to meet the required standard.

    • George Hurst & Sons Limited – of Don Pottery Yard, Rowms Lane, Swinton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and as the company have gone into administration has been fined £1.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Yolande Burns commented:

    “This accident would not have happened if the standard had been met. The breaches were ongoing for a period and many other employees were exposed to the risk of falling over the edge of the building.

    Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

     

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