Staircase fall might result in compensation claim

A fall at home that resulted in a back injury and broken ribs could result in a compensation claim following a builder safety breach.

Michael Hall tumbled down a staircase that was devoid of a handrail after workman Robin Atherton, trading as Mack Construction, failed to replace it following a refurbishment job.

The Health and Safety Executive brought about a prosecution after investigating the case.

Mr Atherton was fined £5,000 with costs of £4,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act

Inspector Medani Close said the accident would never have happened if simple measures were taken, adding: "A temporary handrail fitted to the open side of the new staircase in his home could have prevented his fall and saved a huge amount of suffering."

The investigator noted the incident highlights the unnecessary risks that are taken in the construction industry on a somewhat regular basis.

Posted by Emily SwansonADNFCR-1500-ID-801333124-ADNFCR

03/04/2012 16:50