Joiner fell 4m from platform left in unsafe condition

A construction company in Northumberland has been fined after a joiner fell approximately four metres suffering injury. Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard how the joiner was working under the control of the principal contractor on a new property development in August 2015.

Scaffolding on site had been altered by workers not trained to do so, leaving it without adequate edge protection to prevent a person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

Ineffective planning and management

The joiner was undertaking an unplanned activity to fit a weather vane to a roof when he fell backwards from the scaffold to the uneven ground below, suffering a fractured vertebra and a large cut to the back of his head.

HSE found that the firm failed to plan, manage and monitor the installation of the weather vane. The company was prosecuted under Regulations 13(1) the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and fined £50,000 with an order to pay costs of £800.