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Construction company fined after worker injured

14 December 2016

A construction company from Crawley, West Sussex has been sentenced after a worker fell from scaffolding and was injured.

Paisley Sheriffs Court heard how Alan Wilson, a sole trader contracted to supply labour to carry out all joinery work , fell from scaffolding between timber panels at a construction site at Ivy Gardens, Millerston, Paisley on 3 February 2012. At the time of the incident Mr Wilson, who had worked for the Company periodically for over an eight year period, was erecting a timber frame to construct a block of two storey properties.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Company had failed to make and put in place suitable arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the work at height being carried out on the timber frame of a new build property by a contractor engaged by them.

They had also failed to sufficiently assess the risk to the safety of the workers on their sites.

O’Brien Properties Ltd, Brighton Road, Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and were fined £7,500.

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