A construction company has been fined after an employee fell
through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below at a site in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke Magistrates' Court heard how, on 31 October 2016, an employee of
Croudace Homes Limited was working in a loft space when he fell through a
plasterboard ceiling onto the staircase below. He sustained a punctured lung,
six fractured ribs, a fractured vertebra and a fractured shoulder.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that there was poor
planning of the pre-plaster work and a lack of understanding of the risks
associated with working at height in the loft without adequate fragile surface
Croudace Homes Limited of, Croudace House, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6XQ, pleaded
guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and
was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £5355.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sharron Cripps said: "Falls from
height remain the most common cause of work-related fatalities and serious
injuries in the construction industry and the risks associated with working at
height are well-known."
"Working on or near fragile materials at height can be particularly dangerous
and it is very important that those in control of the work identify the risk,
plan to eliminate it if possible, or where it is not possible, take appropriate
precautions to safeguard workers and others. Good management will also include
regular monitoring that the controls in place are keeping people safe.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)