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Two companies fined after worker fell through fragile plaster boarding

Date:
7 April 2017

Two Scotland based construction companies have been fined after a worker fell more than three and a half metres through fragile plaster boarding in Glasgow.

Glasgow Sherriff Court heard how Ingen Technical Services (Central) Ltd (ITS) had been sub-contracted by principal contractors Central Building Contractors (Glasgow) Ltd (CBC) to complete mechanical and electrical services on the construction project at Nazareth House.

The court heard that on 24 August 2014 an apprentice electrician was asked to retrieve cable ties from the loft space when he fell through the fragile plaster board ceiling. The worker suffered a fracture to the lower back as a result of this incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that both ITS and CBC failed to ensure that work on or near a fragile surface was planned to control the risk from a fall.

Central Building Contractors (Glasgow) Ltd of Whitefield Road, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1) (a) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007, and has been fined £5000.

Ingen Technical Services (Central) Ltd of Kilmartin Place, Uddingston, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007, and has been fined £6000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector Graeme McMinn said: “The breach in this case could have led to much more serious consequences for the employee.

“Work on or near fragile surfaces should be properly planned and managed to avoid such serious incidents like this occuring.”

For more information on how to do it the right way please see link below:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/fragile.htm

Notes to Editors:

 

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