Fall leads to worker being airlifted to hospital
A 50 year old worker from Leicester fell six metres after falling off his ladder. The injuries were to his head, five spinal fractures, fractured pelvis and fractured wrist. Upon investigation it was detected that there was sufficient equipment on site to have done the work safely with a portable tower available to negate the use of ladders.
The worker was contracted to Peter Steans, who pleaded guilty breaching regulation 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £4,000, ordered to pay costs of £353 and a victim surcharge of £120.
The HSE inspector in charge of the investigation said:- "There was suitable equipment on site and Mr Steans, as the contractor in control of work, had a duty to make sure it was put in place for use. Builders should not think that just because they use casual workers, they are not responsible for their own safety."
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