Construction worker paralysed after severe work injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding construction companies to avoid injury compensation claims and fines by ensuring safe working at height.

It follows an incident in which an employee fell ten feet through roof joists at a site in Birkenhead while he was working for Property People, leaving him paralysed for life.

The company was fined GBP 92,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 11,404 after pleading guilty to two offences.

An investigation found that Property People had failed to provide a safe platform for its employees to use while work at height was being carried out.

"In this case, a suitable platform should have been used to remove the joints from below, rather than from above," HSE inspector Ian Betley commented.

"Had such steps been taken, this incident could have been avoided."

The incident follows reports that Simpsons Malt Limited from Berwick has been fined after a worker was injured falling from the forks of a forklift truck.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19275148-ADNFCR

Construction worker paralysed after severe work injury

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