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Construction company fined after worker falls from height
A construction company has been fined after an employee fell through a ceiling onto a staircase at a site in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 31 October 2016, an employee of Croudace Homes Limited was working in a loft space, he fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto the staircase below. He sustained six fractured ribs, a fractured vertebra, a punctured lung, and a fractured shoulder.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that there was a lack of understanding of the risks associated with working at height in the loft without adequate fragile surface protection and poor planning of the pre-plaster work.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £5355.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sharron Cripps said: “Falls from height remain the most common cause of work-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry and the risks associated with working at height are well-known.
“Working on or near fragile materials at height can be particularly dangerous and it is very important that those in control of the work identify the risk, plan to eliminate it if possible, or where it is not possible, take appropriate precautions to safeguard workers and others. Good management will also include regular monitoring that the controls in place are keeping people safe.”