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    TOWER SCAFFOLD FALL CAUSED LONG-TERM DAMAGE

    Principal Contractor director and two firms sentenced after worker fall

    A company director has received a Community Service Order and two construction companies have been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries following a fall from a scaffold tower during the refurbishment of a Reading public house in December 2016.

    Reading Magistrates heard how employee Samuel Goemans suffered a serious head injury after falling from a tower scaffold onto the street below.

    The injuries he suffered have caused long term brain and memory problems and resulted in him suffering from seizures and losing the ability to care for himself.

    Follow industry design and erection standards

    An investigation by HSE found that the project CDM 2015 Principal Contractor failed to control the safety and planning on site and that the contractor (and employer of the injured workman) carried out unsafe working practices.

    • Turnkey Contractors Limited – the project Principal Contractor of Ethelburt Avenue, Bassett Green, Southampton pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3184.00.
    • Santokh Dhanda – Turnkey Contractors Ltd director  of Ethelburt Avenue, Southampton pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was given a Community Service Order for 100 hours.
    • Cedar Ridge Construction Limited – of Waterloo Road, Wokingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3184.00.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Ian Whittles said:

    “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.

    The case highlights the importance of following industry guidance and in order to design and erect scaffolding in a safe manner, which does not raise risk to members of the public and workers using the scaffold.”

     

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