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    YOUNG BRICKLAYER FELL THROUGH OPEN STAIRWAY

    Firm fined over failure to install fall protection around opening

    A company has been prosecuted  after an employee under the age of 18 fell 2.62m through a stairway opening on Scunthorpe construction site in May 2018.

    Sheffield Magistrates heard how he was working on the first floor of a structure on a housing development property using a trowel to remove excess mortar from the back of breeze blocks.

    On stepping backwards he fell through an unprotected stairway opening onto the concrete ground floor suffering two fractured ribs and contusions.

    Simple measures required

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to install a proprietary guardrail system or traditional scaffold guardrails around the perimeter of the opening.

    • Trumax Building Ltd – of Kelfield, Doncaster pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £803 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith commented:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices, particularly to protect inexperienced workers.

    In this case someone suffered serious injuries which could been easily avoided by installing guardrails around the opening, to prevent workers falling from height.”

     

    Example of proprietary stairwell fall protection

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