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Building contractor prosecuted following worker’s fall

Date:
6 October 2016

A building contractor from Wokingham has been prosecuted after a worker fell and punctured his lung while carrying out demolition work.

Kevin Lipscombe, 58, had been asked to dismantle an old shed that was by a new build house. While working on the roof of the shed, Mr Lipscombe lost his balance and fell onto an adjacent old greenhouse. His fall, on 18 December 2014, shattered the glass and punctured his lung.

High Wycombe Magistrates’ court heard how Mr Lipscombe was not given any instructions or equipment to dismantle the shed and there has been no suitable risk assessment carried out before the work started.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that work had not been planned and there was no protection to prevent workers from falling from height.

John David McCormick (trading as Trymac Construction), pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 4 (1) and 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £2,000 for each , a total of £4,000, and was ordered to pay costs of £2,147 with a victim surcharge of £120.

For further information on work at height visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm

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