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    WALL COLLAPSED ON DOMESTIC PROJECT CLIENT

    Sole trader builder sentenced to 120 hours community service

    A building company owner has been sentenced after a wall collapsed on a home owner in May 2018.

    Manchester Magistrates heard how the builder was demolishing a garage when a wall collapsed at the site in Colne, Lancashire causing serious injuries to the home owner.

    The injured person had his leg amputated below the knee and suffered head injuries which resulted in memory loss and a serious shoulder injury.

    Exclude persons from danger areas

    HSE investigators found that the defendant failed to provide suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the structure collapsing during demolition. In addition, he failed to prevent other people entering the work area including the next-door neighbour.

    • Stephen Farnell (Farnell Building Contractors T/A) – of Colne pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 19(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Mr Farnell was given 120 hours community service order and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

    HSE inspector Jacqueline Western said after the case:

    “This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided if the appropriate measures were in place to demolish the walls safely and prevent access to the working area.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.

     

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