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    DEVELOPER FAILED TO PLAN AND CHECK COMPETENCE

    Fall caused by ad-hoc working methods and lack of monitoring

    A construction company has been fined after a joiner suffered serious eye injuries when he was struck in the face by an object while stepping onto a scaffold platform in November 2017 in Nottingham.

    Nottingham Magistrates heard that the injured worker was installing cladding to a newly built house. When he stepped on a platform it “flicked up” and struck him in the face, causing him to fall from the scaffold and causing serious injuries to his eye.

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to sufficiently plan the work at height. The site induction procedures were inadequate such that competency of workers on site was not properly checked.

    Improper use of work equipment

    The company did not know if workers were competent to erect scaffolding and tower scaffolds and failed to ensure the work equipment was “properly signed off as safe to use by competent persons”.

    Supervision and monitoring of the site was insufficient leading to “ad-hoc working methods” and improper use of work equipment.

    • Pearson Property Developments Ltd – of Loughborough, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 section 4(1) and the Work at Height Regulations 2005 section 5. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,896.80.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Phil Gratton said:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by properly planning the work and carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    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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