Worker left with reduced mobility after 5.4 m floor void fall
25th April 2016
On 16 May 2014, the man was working for a subcontractor of Bowmer and Kirkland, pouring concrete on the first floor of a building under construction at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park.
As he walked across the floor he tripped, dislodging an unsecured wooden board that had been used to cover the 2 m by 1 m void. He fell approximately 4.5 m.
Bowmer and Kirkland pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £6,600. The regulation requires employees to "take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury." The company should have fixed the board over the opening.