The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted leading construction company Kier Construction Limited, after a worker was injured when he fell from height.
Kier employee Jair Morales was installing plywood boards covering holes on the third floor of a building at a construction site in Uxbridge, Middlesex, when he fell a distance of 3.95 metres to the floor below.
The court heard no steps had been taken to prevent him falling through the opening as he installed the plywood boards.
Mr Morales suffered fractures in his pelvis and his arm following the fall and has been unable to work since the accident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Kier had failed to ensure that the work was properly planned and carried out in a safe manner.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Kier Construction Limited of Tempsford Hall in Bedfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The company was £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,534.
After sentencing, HSE inspector Owen Rowley said:
“This incident could have been a lot worse – the system that Kier Construction Limited has in place to control the risk from installing the protection for openings was not implemented on site, ultimately resulting in the accident.
“The risks of working at height are widely recognised throughout the construction industry – this case highlights the importance of ensuring that all work at height is properly planned and carried out safely.”
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