Less than 30 days after the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that falls from height increased in 2017 (despite an overall downwards trend), reports of two companies being prosecuted for height safety failings have been published.
Firstly, PJ Livesey Living Space (North) Ltd was fined £56,000 after two workers fell through a working platform. It was discovered that the site manager who designed the platform was not competent to do so, which consequently, led to its collapse. This resulted in one worker suffering an ankle injury and the other permanent nerve damage to the face.
Secondly, Survey Roofing Group Ltd was fined £36,666 for not taking sufficient safety measures when an HSE Inspector witnessed two workers on the 12.5m high pitched roof of a Homebase store in Llanishen.
PASMA Training Committee Chairman, Brian Parker, commented: “Every worker has a right to go home at the end of the day. These workers very nearly didn’t. All work at height must be properly risk assessed with preventative measures put in place and carried out by competent people. There is no excuse for risking people’s lives.”
Read both stories on the HSE’s website: