Workman left unable to work after fall through lift shaft void

A Lincoln based construction company which specialises in the installation of mezzanine floors, has been prosecuted after a workman fell to a concrete floor in January 2015.

Guildford Crown Court heard that the company was contracted to install the mezzanine floor at a factory in Sunbury on Thames, Surrey. The design included an opening in the mezzanine floor where a lift was due to be installed.

A contractor working on the floor fell some 3.5m and suffered life threatening injuries, when he stepped backwards through the opening. HSE investigators found that the company failed to guard the opening for the lift or “board it up” preventing anyone from falling.

Basic safeguards required

The defendant pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations, Regulation 6(3) and were fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £9165.56 costs.

HSE Inspector, Amanda Huff, commented after the hearing

“The contractor injuries were life changing and he could have easily have been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place”