A £95,000 fine was given to West Hill Projects Ltd after a worker fell from height. The worker fell around 3.3m to the ground below, suffering four fractured vertebrae, a fractured rib and a scalp wound. Due to his injuries, the worker was unable to work for several months following the incident.
Workers had been operating in the area days beforehand and it was clear the company had not planned the project effectively. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation concluded that West Hill Projects Ltd had failed to take any measures to prevent people on site falling through the opening in the flat roof.
The London based pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £95,604.80 and ordered to pay costs of £988.80. HSE Inspector Owen Rowley said: It is vitally important that those in control of work at height implement suitable and sufficient measures to prevent falls. The simple step of installing edge protection around the opening could have prevented this incident from occurring.’
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