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A bricklayer who has chosen to remain anonymous, suffered a broken pelvis and wrist during an accident that occurred while he was working on a property in Holmsbury St Mary, Surrey, in November last year.
Bascomb and Drew, the construction and design company the man worked for, was working on a project to build a large residential property at the site and he was injured while he worked on the construction of the kitchen walls of the house.
The bricklayer is entitled to claim compensation for his broken bone injuries.
An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that carpenters had already put roof joists in place for the ceiling, but had left two holes in the surface for lights to be installed at a later date.
The carpenters covered these gaps with sheeting, but the bricklayer slipped through one of these holes as he moved from the scaffolding he was stood on to the roof, and subsequently fell from a hieght of approx. three metres to the ground.
However, the HSE ruled that Bascomb and Drew had not sufficiently ensured the health and safety of their employees on the site because the rooflight gaps were both obscured from view and not properly guarded to prevent people stepping on them.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the man has not yet been able to return to work and, in a case heard at Guildford Magistrates' Court, his employer pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Russell Beckett, inspector for the HSE, noted that being as falls from height remain the most common cause of injury in the construction industry, all construction firms should be aware of the measures they need to take to protect employees from accidents.
"This building site accident could have been avoided if the holes in the roof had been covered over with something more substantial than plastic sheeting," he added.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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