A construction company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £516 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
The case which was held at Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that the roofing firm had been tasked to replace part of a flat roof at the Royal Preston Hospital in Fullwood.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) informed the court that the company had used scaffolding to access the roof but had omitted to block the steps preventing unauthorised access to the roof.
A seventeen year old mental health patient who was receiving treatment at the hospital climbed the scaffold tower and fell approximately six metres.
HSE Inspector Chris Smith after the hearing said:
“Construction firms have a legal duty to make sure construction sites are secure and clearly signed but that didn’t happen in this case”.
“It’s vital that companies think carefully about how they plan projects in public places, such as hospitals, so that members of the public are not put at risk.”
More information is available at www.hse.gov.uk/construction.