A worker sustained multiple fractures to his right foot, a fracture of his left ankle and significant tissue damage to both feet while replacing a window on 8 September 2014, Leeds Magsitrates’ Court heard.
Stuart Tombs was the site manager via his own company SJT Site Management, contracted by Longcross Construction, the principal contractor for the window replacement work.
Fewell Engineering Limited was subcontracted by Longcross Construction Limited, and it was a Fewell employee who was injured while pushing a trolley with a new window on it.
The employee’s feet were partially run over by a mobile elating work platform (MEWP), operated by an employee of SJT Site Management.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that all four dutyholders failed to prepare suitable and sufficient risk assessments and method statements for the operation.
Inspectors found that Stuart Tombs had forged or fabricated site health and safety documents to deflect responsibility. He was fined £100 after pleading guilty to breaching s 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act. He was also ordered to pay costs of £199.
Fewell Engineering was fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the HSW Act. The company must also pay £702 in costs.
Longcross Construction and SJT Site Management both pleaded guilty to breaching s 3(1) the HSW Act, and were fined £20,000 and £600 respectively. They were also ordered to pay £303 and £199 costs respectively.