Maidstone Building Contractor Fined £17K Following a Fall From Height

 

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The HSE reported this month that a Maidstone based building contractor was fined after a worker fell and injured himself due to an unprotected stairwell.

The principal contractor was prosecuted after a worker suffered a serious injury when he fell approximately three metres through a stairwell opening that was left exposed and unprotected.

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard that on 17 August 2017, a sub-contractor to Brown Construction Ltd. was laying bricks for the second storey of a new build house in Ash, Canterbury.

There was an opening in the floor where the stairs were to be installed.

Unfortunately, the worker slipped, fell through the opening and landed on his feet shattering his left heel.

He was taken to hospital where extensive surgery was required to repair it, putting the contractor out of work for many weeks.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no measures had been taken to prevent workers from falling from height through the stairwell opening.

Brown Construction Ltd of Maidstone pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 4 (1) of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and were  fined £17,333.

Speaking following the hearing, HSE inspector Ross Carter commented:

“In this case a worker suffered serious injuries which could have been avoided by taking simple measures, such as installing guardrails around the opening to prevent workers falling from height.”

Information courtesy of The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who are Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

They  seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses.

There activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.

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