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Leicestershire building firm fined for fall from height accident

05th December 2012

The employee had been working on the partially constructed second floor of a new building when it collapsed under the weight of concrete blocks which had been moved onto the unfinished structure.

Although the first floor’s joists had been completed, as the man and various work materials fell through the second floor that storey also gave way.

The employee fell five metres and fractured his nose and elbow. His personal injuries required him to remain off work for six weeks.

An HSE inspector stated, “Had the company properly planned the work and prevented the incomplete floor from being accessed and overloaded, then the incident could have been avoided.”

The company was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £5,000.

Now that the building firm has been found liable for the accident at work, the injured employee may choose to make a fall from height claim for compensation.

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