Two Gwent building industry employers have been prosecuted and fined for their safety management failures that permitted a man to fall from an incomplete scaffolding platform. The fall was possible because an intermediate guardrail was not in place, the accident victim received a double fracture of the pelvis, fractured elbow and lacerations to his head.
The proprietor of Parfitt Construction and the former proprietor of Apex Scaffolding (this company is now under a different and unconnected ownership) were fined a total of £2,000, both were deemed at Blackwood Magistrates' Court to have breached r.6 of the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
"Working at even the lowest heights can present real dangers. In this case, Mr _____ fell from 7m, which many people would not survive, but there were 7n fatalities in the UK in 2004/05 from low height falls.
Falls present a significant cost to businesses in terms of lost days and, in serious enough cases, fines following enforcement action. As in this case, many of the injuries involve broken or fractured limbs." - HSE inspector.