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Life changing injuries following wall collapse

Life changing injuries following wall collapse

A man suffers life changing injuries when a wall collapsed on him.

A building company was demolishing a garage in Lancashire. The home owner was seriously injured when a wall collapsed on him.

His leg was amputated from below the knee, his shoulder is seriously injured and he suffered head injuries leading to memory loss.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated.

They found that there were not suitable nor sufficient measures in place to prevent the garage collapsing during the demolition phase.

HSE also found that the building company failed to create a safe working zone preventing other people entering. This led to the neighbour coming onto site during works.

The company pleaded guilty to breaches.

Vicki Wright, Personal Injury solicitor at Swain & Co says,

“When building works are being carried out, there are regulations in place that are required to  protect not only the workers, but also the general public. By ignoring rules and not using appropriate measures, the risks of injury are high. But worse, the injuries can be life altering and catastrophic. In this case, a man has lost part of a leg,  suffered severe head and shoulder injuries and now has memory loss. This accident could have been avoided if the safety precautions had been taken and safe working areas created. It is tragic that this incident has occurred.”

HSE and the Construction Industry[1]

  • In 2017/18 the HSE brought 206 prosecution cases in the construction industry
  • Nearly £19million in fines
    • Average of £98,000 fine per conviction
  • In 2016/17 there were more convictions (212) but average fine per conviction was £81000

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction.pdf

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