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Stephen Baines was a CCTV engineer for Oriental Security Systems (OSS), Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court was told. The company had been appointed to install its security system in a four storey building at a site for which construction firm DPC Contracts (London) was the principal contractor.
On 31 March 2015, Baines was standing on two timber floor joists, pulling cables from the loft through the second floor. He fell between the joists and through a plasterboard ceiling onto the concrete floor, sustaining multiple fractures.
The Health and Safety Executive found that OSS did not have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, had failed to properly plan the job, and had no safe system of work.
It added that DPC, as the principal contractor, should have properly planned, managed and monitored the work. It identified joists that had not been fitted with floor coverings, open edges that had not been protected and unrestricted access to unsafe areas.
DPC pleaded guilty to breaching reg 22(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £65,000 plus £6,220 costs.
OSS was handed a £36,000 penalty and ordered to pay costs of £5,157 after it pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The victim was helping Bespoke Bodies employees clean valley gutters at the company’s Warrington site in Cheshire, Liverpool Magistrates’ Court was told. On 14 April 2016 he stepped back onto a fragile skylight and fell 9.1 m onto a table, sustaining three fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen. The company had failed to identify the risks associated with working at height on fragile surfaces and had not properly supervised the job, the Health and Safety Executive said.
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court was told that the Fishgate worker was raised up inside an unsecured box by a forklift truck driver so he could paint the gutters and downpipes on the outside of the factory in Brookenby, Lincolnshire. The box tipped forward and he fell about 6 m, sustaining a dislocated arm, cracked pelvis, shattered leg and broken foot.
Avon Joinery admitted breaching reg 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations on 26 July after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it had not given the worker necessary refresher training. Coventry Magistrates’ Court was told that the 59-year-old joiner was using the saw to cut tapered strips of wood on 3 February 2016 when his hand came into contact with the blade. He lost most of his left index finger and the tip of his thumb.
No one was injured when the 35 m tall crane with 60 m horizontal jib toppled onto a building on West Street just before 2pm on Saturday 29 July.Work continued last night (30 July) to dismantle the jib after another crane was used to stabilise it. Engineers from the Netherlands have been called in to assess the damage and head the recovery operation. Thames Valley Police superintendent Robert France said “it may take a number of days to repair the jib and remove the crane from the scene”.
WPD had instructed a group of 15 employees to carry out emergency repairs at a remote site in Cawsand after a subcontracted pole tester had identified low-hanging overhead cables on 16 January 2013. The work involved replacing four uninsulated wire conductors with an aerial bundled conductor (ABC) on eight poles, each sited about 40 m apart in a wood leading down to the Ministry of Defence Royal Navy’s adventure training site, Pier Cellars.
Sukhdev Kundi was working on a stepladder on the first floor of the property when the incident happened on 30 May 2012. As he was pulling cables, he fell off the ladder and through an opening, landing 4 m below.Kundi broke his spine in three places and was paralysed from the chest down. He spent three months in a coma and a total of 12 months in hospital. He died in May 2015, with the cause of death being respiratory failure due to a collapsed lung and pneumonia alongside his spinal injuries and paraplegia.