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Contractor fined for injuring schoolboy

14 May 12 Steelwork contractor Reid Engineering (Cookstown) Ltd has been fined £17,500 after a schoolboy on a work experience placement was injured.

Four workers were being lifted onto an 8m-high roof by balancing on a wooden pallet that was then lifted by the forks of a telehandler. The 17-year-old work experience student fell off and was injured.

Reid Engineering pleaded guilty at Omagh Crown Court last week to two breaches of health and safety regulations over the incident that took place in May 2011.  The company was also ordered to pay prosecution costs.  

After the hearing, Kevin Campbell, an inspector withthe Health & Safety Executive (NI) major investigation team, said: “Companies need to identify and address hazards within the workplace.  Where work at height is planned, appropriate measures must be put in place to allow the workers to access that area, and suitable measures in place to prevent them falling while working.  Failure to take measures could result in workers falling to their death.”

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