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Unstable joists led to Balfour Beatty’s £230k fine

Major construction contractor Balfour Beatty has been fined after the first floor of a property development collapsed, injuring a bricklayer.


Balfour Beatty Regional Construction (BBRC) was managing the site at Richmond Park Croft, Sheffield, when the accident happened, Newcastle Crown Court was told.  

The victim was part of a three-strong bricklaying team that had been instructed to work on the incomplete development. 

On 2 March 2015 the floor gave way at one side and he fell 2.4 m, along with around 70 building blocks. He sustained multiple fractures to his foot. 

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found that the joists of the first floor were unstable and had not been installed according to the house designer’s instructions.  

BBRC pleaded guilty to breaching reg 28(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 for failing to prevent the collapse of a structure while construction work was underway. 

It was fined £230,000 plus costs of nearly £12,000.



Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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