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    WORKER FELL THROUGH STAIRWELL OPENING

    Basic fall protection precautions not taken on home build project

    A CDM 2015 Principal Contractor has been prosecuted after a workman suffered a serious injury when he fell some 3m through a stairwell opening which was unprotected in August 2017.

    Folkestone Magistrates heard that a contractor on the project was laying bricks for the second storey of a new build house in Ash, Canterbury near an opening in the floor where the stairs were scheduled to be installed.

    The workman “slipped and fell” through the opening, landing on his feet which shattered the heel of his left foot requiring surgery.

    Injury avoidable by simple measures

    HSE investigators found that measures had not been taken to prevent workers falling from height through the stairwell opening.

    • Brown Construction Ltd. – of Ashford Road, Maidstone,  pleaded guilty of a breach of Regulation 4 (1) of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and fined £17,333.

    Speaking following the hearing, HSE inspector Ross Carter commented:

    “In this case a worker suffered serious injuries which could have been avoided by taking simple measures, such as installing guardrails around the opening, to prevent workers falling from height.”

     

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