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  Two companies fined after contractor falls from height

Two companies fined after contractor falls from height

4 February 2019 Email this article

Two companies have been fined following an HSE investigation after a worker suffered a serious injury when he fell from the roof of a spray booth on to concrete flooring.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how, on 23 September 2016, an engineer employed by Fercell Engineering Limited was carrying out a repair to an extraction fan unit on a spray booth installed in a spray shop at West Mews, West Road, Haringey.  A Morris Mirrors Limited worker went on to the roof to assist, and fell 2.4 metres to the factory floor below.  He sustained a serious and traumatic head injury.

The investigation found that no fall prevention or protection measures were in place on the spray booth when employees used its roof as a working platform.

Morris Mirrors Limited had failed to consider whether there was sufficient space in which to work safely at height whilst handling sections of ducting, tools, and equipment, and had also failed to manage its contractor, Fercell Engineering Limited, appropriately.

Fercell Engineering Limited had failed to take suitable measures to prevent persons falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

Fercell Engineering Limited of Station Road, Sidcup previously pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work At Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £80,000 with £5,252.80 costs.

Morris Mirrors Limited of Winchmore Hill, London previously pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work At Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £1 with £6,882 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jane Wolfenden commented:  “Those in control of work have a responsibility to make sure work places are safe and to provide the necessary information, instruction, and training to their workers to allow them to work safely.

If these companies had thought more carefully about the job before the incident, the life-changing injuries sustained by the worker could have been prevented.  Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”