Young worker fell from unprotected edge

Young worker fell from unprotected edge

A construction firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after an employee under the age of 18 fell 2.62 metres through a stairway opening at a site in West Butterwick, Scunthorpe.

On 18 May 2018, the operative was working on the first floor of a house being built at a development property on North Street. He was using a trowel to remove excess mortar from the back of breeze blocks, when he stepped backwards and fell through an unprotected stairway opening onto the concrete ground floor. He suffered two fractured ribs and contusions.

The HSE’s investigation found that Trumax Building Ltd had failed to install a proprietary guardrail system or traditional scaffold guardrails around the perimeter of the opening.

Trumax Building Ltd of Kelfield, Doncaster pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £803 in costs.

Paul MacArthur of Safety and Health commented: “Control measures and communication is essential when working at height, particularly with the younger worker who is more likely to be risk averse. This is an instance where someone suffered serious injuries which could been easily avoided by installing guardrails around the opening, to prevent workers falling from height.”