A business man in charge of converting an old mill has been jailed for 45 weeks, and his father, the owner of the building, given a suspended, 24 week jail sentence, following an incident in which a Lithuanian worker died in a fall.
At the sentencing hearing, the Court heard that the deceased was carrying out refurbishment work involving installing metal brackets for new roof joists when the incident happened. While he was working alone he fell from the wall, due to a complete lack of safety measures being in place.
The prosecution followed an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which found that the defendants had failed to plan the work at height, employ competent contractors, that they had deliberately chosen to save money and were well aware that work was being carried out in an unsafe manner using unskilled workers.
Following the case, HSE Inspector Allen Shute said:
“The defendants tried to save money by asking unskilled workers to carry out hazardous work activities around the building…. There had also been a previous incident on site where another worker fell from height and broke his leg, which was never reported to HSE and only came out during the investigation. This should have served as a warning to them.”
All businesses must comply with the Working at Height Regulations 2005, if they have any person working at a distance that if a worker fell could suffer personal injury.
The Regulations place a duty on employers, to ensure that all work at height is properly planned and organised, those involved in work at height are competent, the risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used, the risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed and that the equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a fall from working at height and you believe you sustained that injury due to lack of training of other employees, lack of equipment or faulty work equipment, or you feel the planning of the work was not adequate then contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.
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