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    UK CLIENT FINED OVER UNSAFE OVERSEAS FIRM

    Italian contractor found guilty despite failure to attend court

    Two firms have been fined after the employee of an Italian construction company fell through a roof onto a concrete floor in January 2018.

    Lincoln Magistrates heard how the workman was involved in refurbishing an industrial building at the premises of a casting company in Lincoln.

    The workman stepped back from metal sheeting on which he was standing and stood on a fragile roof light which failed in under his weight. He fell over 5m to the ground sustaining two broken arms and three broken ribs.

    Host must ensure contractors work safely

    HSE investigators found that both the contractor and client failed to risk assess and plan all aspects of the construction work on site, and failed to ensure the risks from the fragile roof lights were adequately controlled.

    Access to the roof unsafe and there was inadequate supervision and management checks throughout the work. Previous instances of unsafe work were not acted upon by either party.

    • Bifrangi UK – of Shardlow Works, Grange Mill Lane, Sheffield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and was fined £140,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,607.
    • Zamperoni F.lli srpl – of Via Strada Muson, 17-31011 Asolo (TV) Italy was not present in court, but in its absence was fined £54,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,240.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Martin Giles said:

    “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

    In this case the use of simple protective measures to prevent falls from and through the fragile roof light would have prevented the injury to this worker.

    Contractors working in host employers’ premises require adequate supervision and controls to ensure that they are working safely.”

     

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