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An electrical firm has been found in breach of Healthy and Safety law following a serious fall by one if its workers.
The 18-year-old apprentice, fell over 15 feet while working on an electrical installation in Swindon, in February 2010. He suffered 3 fractures to his vertebrae meaning he was unable to work for 2 months.
Swindon Magistrates Court heard that the young man, fell off a walkway onto an exposed plasterboard ceiling which eventually collapsed under his weight and he fell a further five-and-a-half metres onto the floor below.
The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the electrical and mechanical contractors involved citing that they had neglected to perform a risk assessment on the site before work began.
Following the decision the HSE Inspector said:
“There was a failure by the contractors to make a specific risk assessment for the work in the loft of the building. They also failed to ensure measures were put in place that would have prevented employees falling through the ceiling where they were working. The victim and others were left to work on and near exposed joists without suitable platforms or coverings or guardrails.”
The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,156 in costs.
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Published 11th February 2015.