£120k fine for temporary works failure
Gateshead-based Meldrum Construction Services has been fined £120,000 after a worker fell down a service riser shaft and sprained his ankles.
Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates’ Court heard how Meldrum Construction Services Ltd (MCS) was the principal contractor for refurbishment work at premises in Percy Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
MCS failed to plan for the requirement for temporary platforms to be installed in the service riser to provide a safe work area. Subsequently, temporary floors were installed to specifications for which they had not been designed. A worker stepped onto the temporary wooden floor on the first floor riser. It collapsed and he fell 4.5 metres to the floor below, spraining both ankles.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 6th July 2015, found that MCS failed to plan and manage the temporary works within the service riser.
Meldrum Construction Services Ltd of Panteon Building, Lancaster Road, Dunston, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,969.
- Click here to return to the previous page
- Subscribe to our free construction newsletters
- Buy & Sell Construction Plant Machinery online with TCiTrader.co.uk. Find new, used & reconditioned Construction Equipment. Click here to view Construction Equipment Classifieds.
Download our free construction news iPhone / iPad app. Sign up to our FREE email newsletters or subscribe to our RSS feed for regular updates on the latest Construction News, Plant News, Contract News & Supplier News. The Construction Index also provides the latest Construction Tenders, Construction Market Data & Construction Law Commentary all FREE.
This article was published on 22 Jul 2016 (last updated on 22 Jul 2016).