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£120k fine for temporary works failure

22 Jul 16 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.

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