Unsupervised Kier subbie severely injured in roof fall
17th July 2018
Southwark Crown Court was told that Kier Facilities Services had commissioned leak detection firm JHH Engineering to locate and repair a leak that had been identified on a flat roof at Downsell Primary School in Leyton.
While carrying out the work on 1 December 2014, an employee of JHH fell. He has been left with severe cognitive effects including memory loss and mood changes, and a reduced ability to care for himself.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that site-specific planning was not requested from JHH, nor provided, and that the work was not monitored. Kier had failed to implement its own work-at-height procedures and ensure subcontractors were vetted before arriving on site.
The investigation also found the worker had go on to the flat roof using a ladder that was too short and was missing its non-slip rubber feet and stability bar. He had not used the fall-restraint system provided by Kier while on the roof, the HSE said.
JHH Engineering pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £30,000. Kier pleaded guilty to breaching 3(1) of the same act and both companies were ordered to pay £5,967 costs.