The following news article was written by the HSE. It clearly demonstrates the importance of staying safe while working at height and how quickly and easily tragedy can happen.
A London-based construction company was recently sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 November 2015, a Formation Construction Limited employee was using a concrete breaker at Tech West House, Warple Way in Acton to make an opening for a stairwell when he fell 7.5 metres, sustaining fatal head injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found the work was not properly planned, adequately supervised or carried out in a safe manner when the incident occurred.
Formation Construction Limited of Oakwood House, Hackney Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £17,528 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Kevin Smith said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement suitable and sufficient measures to prevent falls.
“The risks associated with work at height are well known throughout the construction industry. While, on paper, Formation Construction Limited had identified control measures which could have prevented this incident from occurring; in practise, these safeguards were virtually absent.
“Ultimately, the company failed to control the risk on site and as a result one of its workers fell to his death.”
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