It has been reported by the HSE (http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/construction-company-fined-after-contractor-receives-life-changing-injuries/ ) that a Lincoln based Construction Company, M & L Installers Ltd, specialising in fitting mezzanine floors were prosecuted and pleaded guilty after a contractor fell onto a concrete floor.

A contractor who was working on the floor fell just over 3.5 meters and suffered life threatening injuries, when he stepped backwards through the hole. He was hospitalised for 2-months after receiving a severe brain injury any has not been able to work since.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company failed to guard the hole for the lift or board it up preventing anyone from falling through.

HSE Inspector, Amanda Huff, commented after the hearing “The contractors injuries were life changing and he could have easily have been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place”.

All businesses must comply with the Work 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 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.   Contact or call into any of our offices at Boston, Lincoln, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham or Newark

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