13 May 2008
Company hit with fine after worker is seriously injured in fall
A building firm has been issued a financial penalty following an incident in which one of its workers sustained serious injuries in a fall from height.
Murray Construction and Development was ordered to pay £10,000, plus compensation of £5,000 and a further £1,414 in costs, as a result of the accident during a hearing at South Tyneside magistrates' court.
It had pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The fall occurred in May 2007 in Cleadon - a suburban village situated in Tyne and Wear - when an employee lost his balance and fell from a joiner's stool through a gap on to a concrete floor 2.8 metres below him.
As a result of the injuries he suffered, the worker has been unable to return to his job.
Warning companies about the dangers of construction work, Health and Safety Executive inspector Michael Brown said: "All work at height should be planned, organised, supervised and carried out by competent persons."