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    TRUSS ERECTION LACKED INTERNAL FALL PROTECTION

    Carpenter fell and injured whilst falling with roof truss

    A construction company has been fined £65,000 after a carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back following a fall from height in May 2017.

    Luton Magistrates heard that the employee climbed to remove a nail from a brace holding roof trusses. During this task one of the trusses started to move causing the employee to fall from his working position.

    Raised safety decking used as fall mitigation within the building did not cover the whole area. There significant gaps remaining in the decking.

    The 36-year-old carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back, whiplash to neck and his little finger was ripped open.

    Risk assessment omitted internal falls hazard

    HSE investigators found that the risk assessment identified falls from height, but control the measures focused on scaffolding and did not mention internal falls and decking.

    It was also found that construction workers on the site were not trained to install the safety decking.

    • MP Building Limited – of Bilton Road, Hitchin pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13(1) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay £6,298.82 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jenny Morris said:

    ‘This incident could so easily have been avoided by planning work at height to ensure that suitable and sufficient measures were in place to prevent falls.’

    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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