19 December 2007
Firms fined after polish construction worker left permanently disabled
Two companies have been fined a total of £120,000 and made to pay £165,000 in costs following an incident which left a worker permanently disabled.
Pawel Szczotka, a Polish construction worker, was hit by a concrete slab during his activities at a construction site in north London in 2005.
He had been attempting to push the slab up using a prop when it fell on top of him.
As a result of the accident, the husband and father of two suffered major crush and fracture injuries to his pelvis and legs and medical experts doubt he will be able to work again.
During a hearing at Croydon Crown Court, both project client Gargreen and principal contractor Euro's were issued with fines.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Simon Hester stated: "The working methods that were used in this case were not acceptable."
The HSE was established to help the Health and Safety Commission ensure that risks to people's health resulting from work activities are controlled in the proper manner.