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Building contractor fined after two workers injured

Date:
14 December 2017

A Manchester based building firm has been sentenced for safety failings at a building site in Bollington where they were carrying out a house conversion.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how Adamson Construction Ltd had been contracted to replace a kitchen and carry out alteration work on a doorway at the house in Bollington, Cheshire on the 10 August 2016, when two employees were injured whilst enlarging a door opening and removing a lintel.

The court also heard that Adamson Construction Ltd had not reported the incident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) until 24 November 2016, after it had already been reported by one of the injured workers and the investigation had begun.

The HSE investigation into the incident found the operatives had supported the lintel with adjustable steel props to support the brickwork above it. They had begun to gradually lower the lintel by removing one brick at a time on either side of the door opening and lowering the steel props. The operatives had made their way about three courses of brick down when the lintel and an adjustable prop collapsed.

One worker was struck on the head and knocked across the room receiving a wound to his head and subsequently being diagnosed with severe post-concussion syndrome. The lintel fell on the foot of the second worker who sustained a broken ankle and a crushed toe. The investigation found that there had also been no adequate planning and provision of suitable equipment and instructions for carrying out the work safely.

Adamson Construction Ltd of Outram Road, Dukinfield, Cheshire pleaded guilty to a single breach of Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 and pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,304.29

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Laura Moran said: “Those in control of construction work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers, along with suitable work equipment. Had the company identified and implemented a suitable safe system of work, this incident could have been prevented.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We 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. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  4. For more information on construction demolition work visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/demolition

 

 

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