Firm fined over Hippodrome fall injury

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The main contractor involved in renovations at the famous Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square has been fined after it mismanaged work at heights risks.

An unnamed 35-year-old sub-contractor broke his left leg and foot after a work accident in 2012.

The builder dropped into a room and then through a riser duct after trying to move around a roof area, but the structure's fragility caused him to fall more than 14 metres.

After hearing of the incident, the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation and found Beck Interiors didn't properly manage the sub-contractor's work at height.

Faced with overwhelming evidence against it, the firm pleaded guilty to a guideline breach and was forced to pay £33,365 in costs and fines.

Commenting after the Westminster Magistrates' Court trial, HSE inspector Stephron Baker-Holmes said: "This case highlights the need for principal contractors to proactively manage work at height risks and to take appropriate action to prevent or mitigate falls.

By Francesca Witney