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Construction worker falls from height suffering serious injury

Date:
21 December 2015

A construction firm was fined after a worker was seriously injured after falling head first approximately two and a half metres.

Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of DGJW Construction Limited of Devon, was working at height on a construction site in Taunton. The employee was installing formwork panels when they gave way and he fell head first over the leading edge.

The employee, aged 51, broke both wrists and four vertebras in the fall.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 7 August 2014, found that there was a lack of planning for the work at height, and there was an unsafe method of work used to install the formwork.

DGJW Construction Limited, of Last Meadow, Uplowman Road, Tiverton Devon, was fined a total of £13,000, with costs of £3,742.18, after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Helena Tinton said: “Work at height should be properly planned and the risks controlled. Incidents like this one are unnecessary and entirely preventable.”

For more information about work at height: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
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