Company fined £3,300 for health and safety offences, after one of their employees fell through a hole in the floor
A Lancashire based flooring company, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety measures, after one of their employees fell through a hole in the floor of a building they were working on, at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, in Edinburgh.
The specialist flooring contractor, who operates throughout the UK, pleaded guilty to a violation of Regulation 4, of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and to Section 33(1)(c), of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £3,300.
The incident occurred on May 16, 2014. Court heard that Steven Stewart, who was a self-employed contractor with Technic Concrete Floors Limited, was walking along the floor of the building, which was under construction, when he caught his boot and tripped up. His foot knocked loose an unsecured panel of wood that was covering up a hole in the floor and Mr Stewart fell around 4.5 metres, landing on steel mesh grids that were on the ground beneath.
Mr Stewart sustained serious back injuries and also broke a foot.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and concurred that if a thorough risk assessment had been planned and undertaken by the company, before the work started, the badly covered up holes would have been found and made safe.
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