17 December 2007
Company fined £21k after worker fatally injured from fall
A firm from Birmingham has been fined after one of its employees fell to his death.
Nathan Savage lost his life in 2005 after plummeting from a significant height during overnight work to install a temporary mall at the Eagle Shopping Centre, situated in the centre of Derby.
His employer SM Coldstores was ordered to pay £21,000 in compensation to the widow and child of Mr Savage after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
Commenting on the incident, Health and Safety Executive inspector Samantha Peace stated: "This was a terrible incident which resulted in a man losing his life."
"Last year in the east Midlands one worker was killed and 65 were seriously injured after falling from height in the construction industry alone," she added.
These incidents could have easily be avoided if firms had ensured they had planned a safe way of going about completing a job and avoided working at height where possible, she added.