This article was published on February 10th, 2013
A man who fell from a height of 3 metres whilst at work has suffered a serious back injury, including 2 fractured vertebrae. The accident happened while the victim was installing a mezzanine floor when he fell over an unprotected edge.
In addition to the broken vertebrae the man also suffered a badly bruised shoulder and cuts to the head. The serious nature of the fall has meant the man has been unable to return to work.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into this accident and established that the employer had failed to properly plan, assess or supervise the floor project.
The claimant fell after completing the framework to support the mezzanine and the HSE report also showed other workers were put in danger when they were allowed to continue operating below during the construction of the floor.
In a subsequent case heard at Walsall Magistrates’ Court, the employer pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £3,000 for negligence.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Gardabil Singh Tiwana, said the accident had been “entirely preventable”.
“Falls from height are the biggest cause of death and injury in the workplace. It is imperative that work at height is carefully thought through, the risks assessed and adequate safety measures put in place to protect workers,” the official added.