Construction Company Fined £21,319 Despite Liquidation
During work on a community school back in February 2018 an apprentice electrician suffered injuries after falling from a height.
The young apprentice was working on a demolition project at the time of the incident, removing a flat roof. He suffered facial and head injuries as a result of a two meter fall.
Insufficient Working at Height Training
A HSE investigation revealed that the operatives had not received sufficient working at height or demolition training. Their finding also highlighted that there was inadequate supervision of the work. This means that no measures to mitigate such an incident would have been in place.
Failing Lead to Substantial Fine
The incident led to the company pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Despite liquidation the company was still fined £21,319 and ordered to pay £6,284 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector said: “Apprentices should not be left unsupervised to plan and undertake work on construction sites – it is those in control of work who have the responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision.
“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
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