A scaffolding firm and its director have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker sustained life changing head injuries in a construction site accident.
The worker was untrained in dismantling scaffolding, and was passing boards to another worker from the first lift of the scaffold when he lost his footing and fell 2.5metres to the concrete below.
The man from Rainham in Kent suffered severe head injuries that resulted in him needing surgery to remove the frontal lobe of his brain. He spent many weeks in hospital and is unlikely to be able to work again.
The HSE investigation found that a three man team were tasked to dismantle the scaffolding on a construction site. The Director was the only trained scaffolder among the team.
The edge protection had also been removed prior to the workers fall.
Swain & Co.’s accident at work claim lawyers say that this tragic case is a stark example of the life changing incidents that can occur in the construction industry and from falls from height.
The worker has been left with life changing injuries which have a devastating impact on him and his family.
The true tragedy is that this accident was preventable if simple working methods had been adhered to and untrained workers better supervised and the work planned carefully.
The scaffolding industry has produced guidance on safe working methods, but unfortunately this case reflects that not being done and the consequences of not doing so.
Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry. There are more than 5 incidents every day.
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