At Westminster Magistrates’ Court a London based construction company (‘the Company’) was fined after pleading guilty to breaching the Work At Height Regulations 2005.

Nazaqat Maqsoom of Kangs Solicitors sets out the circumstances.

The Circumstances | Kangs Health & Safety Team

The court heard that during a site inspection a number of issues were identified which included:

  • a floor being removed by a handheld breaker whilst workers were standing on it,
  • the absence of safety measures to prevent employees from falling in the event that the floor collapsed and
  • several unprotected edges, from where a person could fall a significant distance.  
  • risk assessment measures were identified but not implemented thereby creating a significant risk of people falling and causing serious/fatal injury.

The Law | Kangs Health and Safety Law Solicitors

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 provides:

Avoidance of risks from work at height

Regulation 6 

(3) Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

The Hearing | Kangs HSE Defence Solicitors 

The Company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) and was:

  • fined £26,666.
  •  ordered to pay costs of £1,135.10
  • ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120. 

Official Comment | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors

An Inspector from the Health & Safety Executive, Matthew Whitaker, was quoted as saying:

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. Work at height is dangerous and should be planned correctly and the required measures implemented”.

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