A worker has recently had to be placed in an induced coma for two weeks after falling from scaffolding more than six meters high. The worker sustained multiple injuries from this fall. This included five fractures to the skull and the loss of sight in his right eye.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation revealed that the worker involved within the incident was untrained and the right equipment was not provided to him. Alongside this, the supervisor was also not aware of the expected safety techniques either.
Following this, Bristol-based construction company R J Scaffolding was fined £26,000 after pleading guilty to breaching safety regulations. Alongside this, they were also ordered to pay £1,657.76 in costs.
With health and safety on site in the limelight at the moment, it is no surprise that this construction company was fined thousands. Recently, a site manager from Northampton was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after a worker died following a trench collapse that buried him alive. Take a look at what happened here.
Ian Whittles, a HSE inspector stated: “we want all workers to go home healthy and safe.”
“Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to inform, instruct and train their workers in their use.”
“If industry recognised safe systems of erecting scaffold had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
The responsibility of employers to ensure their workers’ safety as well cannot be understated. According to research, construction has, in fact, topped the list as the UK’s most dangerous profession. Take a look at the full report here.
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