Winchester Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a sub-contractor to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to pay costs of £12,404 after pleading guilty to offences under Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a 62 year old worker fell from an incorrectly fitted ladder while he was inspecting a boiler in a loft of a private property.
The worker fell and suffered fatal head injuries. The incident occurred in March 2013.
The HSE told the court that the sub-contractor who was carrying out refurbishment work, was unable to speak or read English and did not fully understand current British health and safety standards.
The sub-contractor fitted a loft ladder but omitted to fit the safety lock.
The lack of the restraining bar caused the ladder to move and the worker fell to the ground.
After the case was heard, Frank Flannery from the HSE said: “Falls from height are a major cause of fatalities and life-changing injuries and duty holders must take steps to prevent falls wherever possible.”
“This accident was wholly preventable had the task been suitable thought through and the work carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.”
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