Firm fined af­ter man hurt in fall

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS -

A BUILD­ING firm has been fined af­ter a man fell from the sec­ond floor of a par­tially-built house.

The 53-year-old, from Old­ham, suf­fered brain dam­age and se­ri­ous spinal in­juries in the fall on Fredrick Street, Cop­pice, in Septem­ber 2013.

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive (HSE), which took Global Constructions (North­west) Ltd to court, says he will need health and home care for the rest of his life.

The com­pany, on Alexan­dra Road, Glod­wick, was pros­e­cuted by the HSE af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

Bosses pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The com­pany was fined £50,000 with £8,595 costs at Manch­ester Crown Court.

The court heard that the firm was build­ing 12 houses. A friend of one of the work­ers came on to the site but fell through a sheet of ply­wood af­ter climb­ing up two lad­ders in­side one of the un­fin­ished houses.

The fall sent him crash­ing on to a con­crete floor be­low.

HSE in­spec­tor Grayam Barnes said af­ter the case: “A site vis­i­tor has suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing in­juries that will af­fect him for the rest of his life be­cause work­ing prac­tices were fun­da­men­tally un­safe.”

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