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    TWO BRICKLAYERS INJURED IN FLOOR COLLAPSE

    Joist hangers incorrectly installed and floor overloaded with blocks

    A construction company has been prosecuted after two workers were seriously injured when falling after their place of work collapsed on a site in Watford in December 2017.

    Luton Magistrates heard how four bricklayers were working on a new build row of three terraced houses. The men were working from a timber joisted floor when the floor collapsed.

    Two of the bricklayers jumped from the floor during the collapse whilst the other two fell and suffered serious injuries. One workman is still recovering from his injuries and it is not clear whether or not his injury will be life changing.

    Temporary instability must be carefully assessed

    HSE investigators found that the Principal Contractor failed to install joist hangers correctly. There were no other structural support arrangement in place e.g. propping the first floor from underneath.

    In addition, the floor was overloaded with blockwork.

    • S McMurray Ltd – of Sacombe Road, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The Company has been fined £16,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1236.60.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Rauf Ahmed said:

    “Structural stability of floors under construction must be carefully risk assessed to ensure the appropriate control measures are in place to prevent collapse.

    This incident could have been prevented had there been a sufficient risk assessment in place and the appropriate controls implemented.”

     

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