Fall at work causes severe injuries for one worker in Shropshire


A labourer fell from an unprotected edge while working at height. He suffered a broken wrist, ankle and pelvis after he fell onto a concrete floor whilst barrowing bricks and rubble along planks at first floor height.

His employer had failed to provide sufficient measure to prevent workers falling almost 10ft and also contravened Health and Safety Rules when they failed to notify them of the accident within the allotted time limit.

The company have been ordered to pay £4,000 in fines and £1,880 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 1995.

Martin Overstall of the HSE states: "Such falls remain one of the biggest killers of employees and last year, across the country, in the construction industry alone there were 10 employees killed, 13 self-employed died and 3,409 seriously injured after falling from height."

If employers take the right precautions and follow the correct Health and Safety guidance then main of these incidents could be avoided. All employees should be aware that their employer has a duty of care to ensure their safety at all times.

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